Battle of Moorefield
The Battle of Moorefield of August 1864 was a significant Union victory resulting in a large number of captured Confederates and a crippling blow to the Confederate strength in the area.
Backstory and Context
Moorefield, West Virginia is located in Hardy County. The Battle of Moorefield was one of a series of battles fought against the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad between June and August of 1864. General Lee of the Confederate army sent Jubal Early and his troops to combat the Union force. Early's efforts against the B&O Railroad, were sometimes called "Early's Raid or Early's Maryland Campaign."
The Battle of Moorefield was a battle of speed, surprise, cavalry, and well executed planning. It resulted in Union forces capturing hundreds of horses and soldiers as well as killing dozens of enemy with Averell only sustaining minor casualties. The significant loss to the Confederates crippled their strength in the Shenandoah Valley.
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