Key facts about the Lynchburg Campaign of 1864.
Date and Location
- May–June 1864
- Northern Virginia
- Central Virginia
- Augusta County
- Shenandoah County
Timeline of the Lynchburg Campaign
- May 15, 1864 — Battle of New Market
- June 5, 1864 — Battle of Piedmont
- June 17–18 — Battle of Lynchburg
Principal Union Commanders
Principal Confederate Commanders
- Major General John C. Breckinridge
- Brigadier General William E. Jones
- Lieutenant General Jubal Early
Union Forces Engaged
- Department of West Virginia
Confederate Forces Engaged
- Department of Western Virginia, Army of the Valley District
Number of Union Soldiers Engaged
- Undetermined, but at least 16,600
Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged
- Undetermined, but at least 14,000
Estimated Union Casualties
- Undetermined, but at least 1,700 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)
Estimated Confederate Casualties
- Undetermined, but at least 2,000 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)
Impact of the Lynchburg Campaign
- The Lynchburg Campaign was the first of three smaller campaigns that comprise the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
- Confederate forces during the Lynchburg Campaign included cadets from the Virginia Military institute
- Ulysses S. Grant relieved Major General Franz Sigel of his command after the Confederate victory at the Battle of New Market.
- Ulysses S. Grant placed Brigadier General David Hunter in command of Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley after the Confederate victory at the Battle of New Market.
- Brigadier General David Hunter’s soldiers burned the Virginia Military Institute and plundered the Lexington, Virginia on June 12 in retaliation for the Union defeat at the Battle of New Market.
- The Lynchburg Campaign ended with the Union defeat at the hands of Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early at the Battle of Lynchburg (June 17 – 18, 1864).