Other Names: Front Royal, Cedarville
Location: Warren County
Campaign: Sheridans Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-December 1864)
Date(s): August 16, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt [US]; Lt. Gen. Richard Anderson [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties:550 total
Description: Kershaws infantry division and Fitzhugh Lees cavalry, under overall command of Lt. Gen. Richard Anderson (Army of Northern Virginia, I Corps) were sent from Petersburg to reinforce Earlys army in the Valley. At Front Royal on the August 16, Union cavalry of Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritts division surprised the Confederate columns in mid-stream of the Shenandoah River, capturing about 300. The Confederates rallied and advanced, gradually driving the two Union brigades back to Cedarville. After dark, Merritt withdrew to Ninevah.