This Week in the Civil War - #889
Recrossing the Potomac River after burning Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Jubal Early’s Confederate cavalry skirmished with their Union pursuers at Old Town, Maryland and Green Spring Run, West Virginia on Tuesday, August 2, 1864. One element of Early’s command on August 4 skirmished with Union forces at Antietam Ford, Maryland, while on that same day his cavalry skirmished with their pursuers at New Creek, West Virginia. Clearly, the existence of Confederate forces operating in multiple areas of the Shenandoah Valley was unacceptable to the Union War Department. Soon, a new Union commander would be appointed and assigned the task of destroying the productivity and economic viability of the Shenandoah Valley. Destroying the valley would deprive the Confederacy of a convenient invasion route into the North, thereby further securing Washington, D.C.