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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Jackson's Valley campaign of 1862. (search)
ckson's route) from Franklin, and the Confederates reached it on May 23d, ten days after leaving Franklin. Front Royal is held by about one thousand men under Colonel Kenly, of the First Maryland Federal regiment, who has in charge the large stores there gathered, and the important railroad bridges on the Shenandoah. This force also covers the flank and rear of Banks' position at Strasburg. Kenly is taken by surprise, makes what resistance he can, is forced across the bridges he vainly attempts to destroy, and flies towards Winchester. Jackson, too impatient to wait for his tired infantry, places himself at the head of a few companies of cavalry, and pushes after the foe. He over-takes, attacks and disperses Kenly's force, and in a few moments four-fifths of it are killed, wounded or prisoners. See Confederate official reports; also Camper & Kirkley's History of the First Maryland Regiment (Federal). Exhausted nature can do no more. Weary and footsore the army lies down to res