Key facts about the Battle of Front Royal.
Also Known As
- Battle of Guard Hill
- Battle of Cedarville
Date and Location
- May 23, 1862
- Warren County, near the village of Front Royal, in western Virginia
Principal Union Commanders
- Colonel J.R. Kenly
Principal Confederate Commanders
- General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
- Colonel Bradley T. Johnson
- Major Roberdeau Wheat
- Colonel Turner Ashby
- Major Thomas Flournoy
Union Forces Engaged
- Front Royal garrison
Confederate Forces Engaged
- Army of the Valley
Number of Union Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 1,000
Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged
- Roughly 3,000
Estimated Union Casualties
- 904 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)
Estimated Confederate Casualties
- 56 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)
- Confederate Victory
- The Battle of Front Royal was the second Confederate victory of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.
- Stonewall Jackson’s victory at the Battle of Front Royal put him in position to isolate or flank Major General Nathaniel Banks’s main army at Strasburg, thus forcing the Union general to retreat north down the Valley toward Winchester and setting the stage for an even greater Confederate victory two days later at the First Battle of Winchester.
Timeline of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862
These are the main battles and events of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 in order.