CSA General Joseph Kershaw's infantry division and Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry, under overall command of CSA Lieutenant General Richard Anderson (Army of Northern Virginia, I Corps) were sent from Petersburg to reinforce General Jubal Early's army in the Valley.
At Front Royal on the August 16, Union cavalry of Brigadier General Wesley Merritt's 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.
Location: Warren County
Campaign: Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-December 1864) next battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): August 16, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Wesley Merritt [US]; Lieutenant General Richard Anderson [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 550 total