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March 23, 1862

Frederick County and Winchester , Virginia

In the spring of 1862, relying on faulty intelligence that under-reported the strength of the Union garrison at Winchester, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson marched aggressively north with his 3,400-man division. 8,500 Federals, commanded by Col. Nathan Kimball, stopped Jackson at Kernstown and then counterattacked, turning Jackson’s left flank and forcing him to retreat. Despite this Union victory, President Lincoln was disturbed by Jackson’s threat to Washington and redirected substantial reinforcements to the Valley, depriving McClellan’s army of these troops. McClellan claimed that the additional troops would have enabled him to take Richmond during his Peninsula campaign.
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