Battle of Berryville

The Battle of Berryville was fought September 3 and September 4, 1864, in Clarke County, Virginia.[1][2] It took place toward the end of the American Civil War.

After taking control of Smithfield Summit on August 29, Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan marched to Berryville with his 50,000 man Army of the Shenandoah. At the same time Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early sent Maj. Gen. Joseph B. Kershaw's division east from Winchester to Berryville. At about 5:00 p.m., Kershaw attacked Colonel Joseph Thoburn's division of the Army of West Virginia, while they were preparing to go into camp. Kershaw routed Thoburn's left flank before the rest of the corps came to the rescue. Darkness ended the fighting, with both sides bringing in heavy reinforcements. The next morning, Early, seeing the strength of the Union's entrenched line, retreated behind Opequon Creek.[1]

Battle of Berryville
Part of the American Civil War
DateSeptember 3–4, 1864
LocationClarke County, Virginia
Coordinates: 39°9′43.5″N 77°59′51.2″W / 39.162083°N 77.997556°W
Result Inconclusive
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
George Crook Richard H. Anderson
2 Divisions Division
Casualties and losses
314 295
Berryville Battlefield Virginia
Map of Berryville Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.


  1. ^ a b "Battle of Summary". National Park Service. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ "The Battle near Berryville". New York Times. 4 September 1864. Retrieved 3 September 2016.


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