Battle of Winchester Final Phase 19 September, 5 pm

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Map Code: Ax02037

By 5 pm, the Confederate infantry had formed a tight interior line position behind fortifications near the unoccupied Milroy Fort and spreading southwards to Senseny Road. Union cavalry brigades charged the Confederates, using cavalry and infantry, with one Confederate soldier stating: ‘I never saw such a sight in my life as the tremendous force, the flying banners, sparkling bayonets, and flashing sabers moving from the north and east upon the left flank and rear of our army.’ The Confederate line rapidly crumbled. Fortunately, a last stand by Confederate Brigadier General Bryan Grimes and General Stephen Ramseur at nearby Mount Hebron Cemetery allowed Confederates to retreat, with no further attacks, through the town of Winchester. Several generals, both Confederate and Union, were killed, with more wounded. This conflict resulted in a Union victory and was a turning point in the North’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign. There were 5,020 Union, and 3,610 Confederate, casualties and losses.

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