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Battle of Moorefield

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While returning to the Shenandoah Valley after burning Chambersburg, McCausland's and Johnson's cavalry were surprised at Moorefield on August 7 and routed by pursuing Union cavalry. This defeat impeded the morale and effectiveness of the Confederate cavalry for the remainder of the 1864 Valley Campaign.

In a local skirmish north of Moorefield on November 28, 1864, Rosser’s Confederate cavalry and McNeill’s Rangers rebuffed Union Col. R. E. Fleming’s raid and spared the South Branch Valley from destruction.

Source: McKeown, Bonni V. "Battle of Moorefield." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 20 October 2010.

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