Shenandoah Valley, May 1862

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson led 17,000 men through a series of battles in the Shenandoah Valley. Jackson’s troops benefitted from their knowledge of the geography of the Valley, outmaneuvering [hiding and escaping from] more than 30,000 Union troops who were chasing them.

Shenandoah was significant [important] because it kept the pressure off the Confederate capital, Richmond. It also resulted in the capture of more than 2,000 Union prisoners and 10,000 rifles for the Confederate cause