001_1st Battle of Kernstown March 23rd, 1862 - JTS Campaign Shenandoah
001_1st Battle of Kernstown March 23rd, 1862By Richard Walker
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(Historical) In early 1862, Union General George McClellan invaded the South by transporting over 100,000 men, by ship, and so began what has become known as the Peninsula campaign. This was a serious threat to the South, and it's heavily outnumbered army. To help relieve this imminent threat, and protect his flank, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, ordered General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to engage the Union army, advancing through the Shenandoah Valley, and prevent them from reinforcing McClellan. This first of these battles took place near Kernstown. Here, on the 23rd of March, Jackson sent his small army, of amount 4,000 men, to attack the larger Union force of nearly 9,000, commanded by Nathan Kimball. With no reconnaissance, this initial attack attempted to eliminate the Union artillery position on Pritchard Hill. As the Confederate commander, you must drive off the union positions south of Kernstown before Union reinforcements are brought to bear. As the Union, defend your initial positions, then prepare a counter-attack to repulse the rebels.