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Battle of Piedmont

Following Franz Sigel's defeat at New Market on May 15, 1864, Union forces under Maj. Gen. David Hunter again advanced up the Shenandoah Valley toward the critical rail facilities at Staunton, Virginia. They were met on June 5 by the Confederate forces of Brig. Gen. William E. Jones on the road from Port Republic to Staunton at the village of Piedmont. So ensued the Battle of Piedmont.

Scouting calvary faced artillery fire on the morning of June 5. Union forces were emplaced, and return artillery fire silenced the Confederate cannon. An afternoon assault by the Union forces was repelled and the Confederate counterattack was flanked by reserve forces, falling into disarray. The next day, Hunter's army took Staunton without resistance and there was joined by Brig. Gen. George Crook's Army from West Virginia to continue the assault up the valley.

Union forces totaled 8,500 and Confederate forces 5,500. There were 900 Union casualties, including 150 dead and 600 Confederate casualties, including 100 dead. A reported 1,000 Confederate prisoners were taken, including 60 officers. General Jones was among those killed in battle.