#12 Bloody Combat Kernstown, Virginia March 23, 1862


Kernstown, Va. Mar. 23, 1862

BADLY OUTNUMBERED REBS LOSE BATTLE

General Stonewall Jackson tried in vain to turn back the Union forces today at Kernstown. Jackson made a valiant stand against the Northern Army despite the overwhelming odds against his badly outnumbered band of fighters. The Union force was led by James Shields, who was trying to join General Grant. Shields found it an easy matter of passing through the opposition. General Lee had hoped that Jackson would be able to hold off the Northern reinforcements. Lee is aware that the Union leaders are planning to invade Richmond once they have gathered in strength. Stonewall Jackson is now awaiting reinforcements so that his Army can start an offensive attack of its own.