Black and white photograph of Stonewall Jackson.

General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s victory at the Battle of McDowell was the first Confederate victory of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of McDowell Facts

May 8, 1862

Key facts about the Battle of McDowell, also known as: Sitlington’s Hill.

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Also Known As

  • Sitlington’s Hill

Date and Location

  • May 8, 1862
  • Highland County near the village of McDowell in western Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Mountain Department

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Valley District, Army of the Northwest

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 6,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 6,500

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 259 (34 killed, 220 wounded, and 5 missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 420 (116 killed, 300 wounded, and 4 missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Battle of McDowell was the second engagement of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.
  • The Battle of McDowell was the first Confederate victory of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 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 McDowell Facts
  • Coverage May 8, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of McDowell
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 13, 2021
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