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Moorefield

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Battle Name: Moorefield
Other Names: Oldfields
State: West Virginia
Location: Hardy County
Campaign: Early’s Raid and Operations against the B&O Railroad (June-August)
Dates: August 7, 1864
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. William W. Averell [US]; Brig. Gen. John McCausland [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 531 total
Description: 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.
Results: Union victory

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