The Kernstown Battlefield


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Mar 3, 2017

Battle of Kernstown - image courtesy of
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Jan 12, 2016
Shields was wounded on March 22, 1862, the day before the Battle of Kernstown. There was an artillery duel between Chew's Battery (C.S.A.) and Battery H, 1st Ohio. While observing this duel, Shields was struck in the arm by a piece of shell. Shields was ultimately taken back to Winchester and his broken arm was set. Col. Kimball commanded the Union troops on March 23. Shields, from his bed, did send some orders to Kimball, but Kimball used his own judgement and probably ignored most of Shields' orders. For his part, Shields would write a fraudulent Official Report which greatly magnified his own accomplishments. This report and Shields' further blunders with his brigades during the Port Republic fiasco ultimately was his undoing. Shields was characterized as being "vainglorius."


Nov 27, 2016
* The Entrance to the Kernstown Battlefield

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* The Pritchard House

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* The Pritchard House and Stone Wall

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* The Stone Wall with Marker

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* Confederate Position : Attempt to break the Union stronghold on Pritchard Hill

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* Pritchard Hill (Union Position)

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* Pritchard Hill Marker 1

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* Pritchard Hill Marker 2

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* Pritchard Hill Marker 3

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* Kernstown Battlefield : Shenandoah Valley Circle Tour (Opequon Church)

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* Shenandoah Valley Circle Tour Marker

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* Virginia Historic Marker

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* Rose Hill (Glass Farm)

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* Photos courtesy of William Bechmann (2014)
Good timing. I just read about this battle in a new book last night! Awesome pics dude


Sergeant Major
Aug 20, 2009
Manor, TX
When I visited in 2014, I thought the battlefield was excellently done, especially given that it is run by a local group without direct involvement of state or federal agencies.

One thing I did note - and I think it stands as a cautionary tale for battlefield interpretative markers - is that one of the markers references a nearby auto dealership or fast food place (I forget which) to help the visitor gets his/her bearings on the events of the battle. That establishment went out of business and is no longer there. Obviously it would be far too much trouble to change the marker, so I think those creating such things need to remember not to do this.


Oct 25, 2006
North Durham, England
I visited Kernstown back in 2007. The house was undergoing restoration and the visitor centre was closed. One of the restorers came across and spoke to me. When he realised where I was from, he scratched his chin and said "well you've come a long way" then opened the visitor centre. We had a long talk and both agreed that battlefields should be more like Kernstown and less like Gettysburg.


First Sergeant
Jan 31, 2009
Fremont, MI
I was able to get onto the battlefield for the first time yesterday and wanted to share this pic. Sorry for quality... I nicked it of the inter web. Its an incredibly intricate etched piece of slate with all of the Confederate generals depicted/listed. Stands floor to ceiling in their conference room. Odd thing is that it turned up around the turn of the century and no one knows the background.


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