#13 Dying Effort Cross Keys, Virginia March 27, 1862

Cross Keys, Va. Mar. 27, 1862


The South has a new hero today in General Stonewall Jackson. The fiery leader led the Southern troops to a sweeping victory at Cross Keys, earlier today. It appears that Jackson is picking up strength and momentum as he heads to~ ward General Lee. The Confederate general turned back John Fremont's efforts to halt the progress of the South in a hard-fought costly battle. The Northern soldiers attacked without warning and the element of surprise gave them the first edge. Men and horses fell to the ground as a rain of bullets lashed out at the Southern troops. Rallying quickly however, the Confederate fighters rapidly gained control of the situation. Retreat was only means of escape for Union soldiers, leaving Jackson with another victory.