Black and white photograph of Stonewall Jackson.

Major General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s victory at the Battle of Shepherdstown was the largest engagement of the Civil War fought in what would become the State of West Virginia. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Shepherdstown Facts

September 19–20, 1862

Key facts about the Battle of Shepherdstown.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Boteler’s Ford

Date and Location

  • September 19- 20, 1862
  • Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 5th Army Corps

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Two infantry brigades, Hill’s Light Division (Army of Northern Virginia)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 366 (73 killed, 163 wounded, 132 captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 307 (36 killed, 267 wounded, 6 captured/missing)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Shepherdstown was the last engagement of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign.
  • The Battle of Shepherdstown was the largest engagement of the Civil War fought in what would become the State of West Virginia.

Timeline of the Maryland Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Shepherdstown Facts
  • Coverage September 19–20, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Shepherdstown
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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