Portrait of J. E. B. Stuart

Confederate forces led by J. E. B. Stuart delayed Union forces at The Battle of Boonsboro, allowing more time for the Army of Virginia to escape. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Boonsboro Facts

July 8, 1863

Key facts about the Battle of Boonsboro, which took place on June 8, 1863, and was part of Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg Campaign.


Date and Location

  • July 8, 1863
  • Washington County, Maryland


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 1st and 3rd Cavalry Divisions of the Army of the Potomac

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Four brigades of Stuart’s Cavalry Division the Army of Northern Virginia

Estimated Combined Losses

  • 100 (killed and wounded)


  • Inconclusive


  • Largest cavalry conflict in Maryland during the Gettysburg Campaign.
  • Major General J.E.B. Stuart successfully delayed Major General George G. Meade’s advance on the Army of Northern Virginia stranded at Williamsport, buying more time for General Robert E. Lee’s retreat to Virginia after the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Timeline of the Gettysburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Gettysburg Campaign in order.


Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Boonsboro Facts
  • Coverage July 8, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Boonsboro, Gettysburg Campaign, Civil War
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 21, 2022