|Battle of Guard Hill|
|Part of the American Civil War|
|United States (Union)||CSA (Confederacy)|
|Thomas C. Devin||William Wofford|
|Casualties and losses|
On the morning of August 16, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's troopers scattered the Federal pickets at the Shenandoah River crossing at Front Royal. The troopers pursued them down the Front Royal Pike, eventually coming to Guard Hill, a prominent landmark. There, they were hit by Union Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Devin's dismounted cavalry brigade and sustained heavy losses. Confederate Brig. Gen. William T. Wofford's brigade attempted a flanking movement by wading across Crooked Run. There, they were attacked by two New York brigades, who took 300 of them captive. Union Brig. Gen. George A. Custer's Michigan Brigade rode toward the battle and sustained Devin's line along Crooked Run until they were forced to withdraw to Cedarville by Confederate artillery now on Guard Hill.
References[edit | edit source]
- North & South - The Official Magazine of the Civil War Society, Volume 11, Number 2, Page 76, accessed April 16, 2010, "The Battle of Crooked Run", part of the Battle of Guard Hill
- Kennedy, Frances H., ed., The Civil War Battlefield Guide, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998, ISBN 0-395-74012-6.
- National Park Service battle description
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