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The Battle of Second Winchester, Part Two

The capture of West Fort was key to taking Winchester. It was the highest of the Union's five forts and was northwest of town.

We visited Star Fort which the Union was forced to evacuate. It is on Fortress Drive (off Rt. 522).

As Milroy left Winchester, forces under Johnson went to Stephenson's Depot to cut off his retreat. The battle there lasted from 3 a.m. until daylight. Johnson captured around 3,000 men, roughly half of Milroy's force.

The confederate victory at Winchester was Ewell's greatest success. His troops not only took control of the city; they also captured many pieces of artillery.

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Fun at the Pumpkin Stand Visiting Star Fort outside Winchester
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Star Fort is overgrown Stephenson's Depot Battlefield
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Markers Commemorating the Battle of Stephenson's Depot Our trip ended with lunch at the Hopewell Meeting House
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National Park Service page on status of sites of Second Winchester
Bio of General Richard Ewell | Map

Photos taken by Linda Walcroft, September 2004


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