Portrait of Richard S. Ewell.

General Richard Ewell’s victory at the Battle of Cross Keys enabled him to return the bulk of his force to Port Republic and contribute to General Stonewall Jackson’s victory at the Battle of Port Republic the next day. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Cross Keys Facts

June 8, 1862

Key facts about the Battle of Cross Keys.

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Date and Location

  • June 8, 1862
  • Near the village of Cross Keys, in western Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Major General Richard Ewell
  • Brigadier General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble

Union Forces Engaged

  • Mountain Department, Department of the Rappahannock

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Department of the Valley

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 11,500

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,800

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 664 (114 killed, 443 wounded, and 127missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 287 (42 killed, 230 wounded, and 15 missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Battle of Cross Keys was the fifth engagement of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.
  • The Battle of Battle of Cross Keys was the fourth Confederate victory of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.
  • The Confederate victory at the Battle of Cross Keys enabled General Richard Ewell to return with the bulk of his force to Port Republic and help General Stonewall Jackson defeat General James Shields at the Battle of Port Republic on June 9, 1862.

Timeline of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862

These are the main battles and events of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Cross Keys Facts
  • Coverage June 8, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Cross Keys
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 29, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 13, 2021