Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Small Battle At The Crossing

Union General Wesley Merritt
The Battle of Smithfield Crossing was fought in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties West Virginia August 29th 1864.

Two Confederate Divisions under the command of Lieutenant Jubal A Early crossed Opequon Creek August 29th 1864 at Smithfield Crossing.  They hit and forced Union General Wesley Merritt’s cavalry division back.  Then Union General James B Ricketts Infantry Division came in and stopped the Confederate advance.

The Battle at Smithfield Crossing was small with total casualties of about 300.

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