Battle of Moorefield

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Battle of Moorefield
Oldfields
Began:

August 7, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Hardy County, West Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Early’s Raid and Operations against the B&O Railroad

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Commanders

William W. Averell
Brigadier General, USA

John McCausland
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

1,760

3,000

Casualties

42''
Killed: 11
Wounded: 18
Captured: 13

488
Killed: 13
Wounded: 60
Captured: 415

  

While returning to the Shenandoah Valley after burning Chambersburg, McCausland’s and Johnson’s cavalry were surprised at Moorefield on August 7 and routed by pursuing Union cavalry. This defeat impeded the morale and effectiveness of the Confederate cavalry for the remainder of the 1864 Valley Campaign. (NPS summary)

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