After his victory at Fisher's Hill, US Major General Philip Sheridan pursued General Jubal Early's army up the Shenandoah Valley to near Staunton.
On October 6, Sheridan began withdrawing, as his cavalry burned everything that could be deemed of military significance, including barns and mills. Reinforced by General Kershaw's division, Early followed.
Major General Thomas Rosser arrived from Petersburg to take command of Fitz Lee's cavalry division and harassed the retreating Federals.
On October 9, Torbert's troopers turned on their pursuers, routing the divisions of Rosser and Lomax at Tom's Brook.
With this victory, the Union cavalry attained overwhelming superiority in the Valley.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Shenandoah County
Campaign: Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-December 1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): October 9, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Alfred Torbert [US]; Major General Thomas Rosser [CS]
Numbers Engaged: 9,800 total (US 6,300; CS 3,500)
Estimated Casualties: 407 total (US 57; CS 350)