Date and Location
- May–June 1864
- Northern Virginia
- Central Virginia
- Augusta County
- Shenandoah County
Timeline of the Lynchburg Campaign
These are the main battles and events of the Lynchburg Campaign in order. The campaign was part of the larger Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
- May 15, 1864 — Battle of New Market
- June 5, 1864 — Battle of Piedmont
- June 17–18 — Battle of Lynchburg
Principal Union Commanders
- Major General Franz Sigel
- Major General David Hunter
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).