#11 Attack Front Royal, Virginia March 26, 1862

Front Royal, Va. Mar. 26, 1862


General Stonewall Jackson with 17,000 troops successfully destroyed a garrison of Union soldiers this afternoon. The Northern forces met their enemies head on. Despite the fact that the Union troops were better trained and equipped with lances, the Rebel soldiers were the victors. Fighting with courage and daring, Stonewall's men dealt crippling blows to the Federal troops. Blood flowed freely and anguished cries of pain were heard over the battlefield. The mounted lancers failed in their attempt to stop General Jackson's men. Stonewall himself was surprised by the victory of his soldiers. "Our courage is our shield," explained the general when he spoke about the battle.