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Lynchburg

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Battle Name: Lynchburg
Other Names: None
State: Virginia
Location: City of Lynchburg
Campaign: Lynchburg Campaign (May-June 1864)
Dates: June 17-18, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. David Hunter [US]; Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps (44,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 900 total
Description: From Lexington, Maj. Gen. David Hunter advanced against the Confederate rail and canal depots and the hospital complex at Lynchburg. Reaching the outskirts of town on June 17, his first tentative attacks were thwarted by the timely arrival by rail of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early’s II Corps vanguard from Charlottesville. Hunter withdrew the next day after sporadic fighting because of a critical shortage of supplies. His line of retreat through West Virginia took his army out of the war for nearly a month and opened the Shenandoah Valley for a Confederate advance into Maryland.
Results: Confederate victory

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