Portrait of Philip Sheridan

The Battle of Opequon was a turning point in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Within little more than a month after the conflict, Major General Philip Sheridan (pictured here) drove Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early’s forces out of the valley. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Opequon Facts

September 19, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Opequon, also known as the Battle of Third Winchester.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Third Winchester

Date

  • September 19, 1864

Location

  • Frederick County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Shenandoah (Three infantry corps, one cavalry corps)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Valley (Four infantry divisions, two cavalry divisions)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 40,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 10–12,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 5,018 (697 killed, 3,983 wounded, 338 missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 3,611 (226 killed, 1,567 wounded, 1,818 missing/captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Timeline of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

These are the main battles and events of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Opequon Facts
  • Coverage September 19, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of opequon
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 16, 2021