Stonewall Jackson's Valley campaign.
After the disastrous termination of Braddock
's campaign against Fort Duquesne
, in the summer of 1756, Colonel George Washington
, to whom was intrusted the duty of protecting the Allegheny
frontier of Virginia
from the French
, established himself at Winchester
, in the lower Shenandoah Valley, as the point from which he could best protect the district assigned to him. Here he subsequently built Fort Loudoun
, and made it the base of his operations.
A grass-grown mound, marking the site of one of the bastions of the old fort, and Loudoun street, the name of the principal thoroughfare of the town, remain, to recall an important chapter in colonial history.
It was this old town that Major General T. J. Jackson
entered on the evening of November 4th, 1861, as commander of the “Valley District,” and established his headquarters within musket shot of Fort Loudoun
He had been made major general on October 7th, for his services at the first battle of Manassas
, and was now assigned to this important command because of the expectations formed from his capacity, as well as from the fact of his acquaintance with the country.
His district embraced the territory bounded north by the Potomac
, east by the Blue Ridge
, and west by the Alleghenies
Born and reared in Western Virginia
, and filled with a patriot's devotion to the land of his birth, he had manifested a strong desire to be employed in the operations in that region, and had cherished the ambition of freeing his former home from hostile domination.
The Confederates, during the summer, had in that region been unsuccessful.
General Robert Garnett