Relying on faulty intelligence that reported the Union garrison at Winchester numbered only about 3,000, “Stonewall” Jackson marched aggressively north with his 3,400-man division. The 8,500 Federals, commanded by Col. Nathan Kimball, stopped Jackson at Kernstown and then counterattacked turning Jackson’s left flank and forcing him to retreat. Despite this Union victory, President Lincoln was disturbed by Jackson’s threat to Washington and redirected substantial reinforcements to the Valley, depriving McClellan’s army of these troops. McClellan claimed that the additional troops would have enabled him to take Richmond during his Peninsula campaign.
We are in for it! : the first Battle of Kernstown, March 23, 1862 Shippensburg, PA, USA : White Mane Pub. Co., c 1997 Gary L. Ecelbarger Kernstown, 1st Battle of, Winchester, Va., 1862 Hardcover. xx, 370 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. A Edwin Forbes’s drawing of Kernstown Battle, sketched from behind Union infantry on Sandy Ridge on endpapers. Includes bibliographical references (p. 340-362) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Years after the guns of the Civil War were silenced, a former private in the Stonewall Brigade remembered Kernstown as one of the hardest little battles of the war. Most of the boys were in more or less of the great battles fought subsequently, wrote a former Indiana soldier in 1889, but I’ll warrant that none of them was ever under a hotter fire than when in front of the stone wall at Kernstown.
Fought on rolling terrain near a Valley turnpike hamlet three miles south of Winchester, the Battle of Kernstown is the first in a series of clashes that comprised Major General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson’s legendary Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The Battle of Kernstown has been the least understood encounter of that famous spring in 1862.
Gary Ecelbarger’s book brings to light the strategy, tactics, and personalities associated with March 23, 1862, by using hundreds of rare first-hand accounts from Kernstown soldiers. We Are In For It! demonstrates why one Civil War veteran considered the infantry fire at Kernstown to be as heavy as it was at Antietam, Gettysburg, or the Wilderness.