Moving up the Shenandoah Valley in pursuit of Jackson's army, Major General John C. Frémont's army encountered Major General Richard S. Ewell's division at Cross Keys on June 8.
Brigadier General Julius Stahel's brigade, attacking on the Union left, was stunned by a surprise volley from Trimble's command and driven back in confusion.
After feeling out other parts of the Confederate line, Frémont withdrew to the Keezletown Road under protection of his batteries.
The next day, Trimble's and Patton's brigades held Frémont at bay, while the rest of Ewell's force crossed the river to assist in the defeat of Brigadier General E. Tyler's command at Port Republic.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Rockingham County
Campaign: Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign (March-June 1862) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): June 8, 1862
Principal Commanders: Major General John C. Frémont [US]; Major General Richard S. Ewell [CS]
Forces Engaged: 17,300 total (US 11,500; CS 5,800)
Estimated Casualties: 951 total (US 664; CS 287)