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Hoke's Run

​Confederate Commander

Col. Thomas J. Jackson

Forces Engaged: 10,654



Captured or Missing:

Total: 91

Confederate Officers


Confederate Order of Battle


Confederate Official Records

Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston

C. S. Army

Col. T. J. Jackson

Commanding First Brigade

Abstract from Monthly Report of Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Division or Army of the Shenandoah

July 2, 1861

Berkeley County, West Virginia


Manassas Campaign (July 1861)

Also Called: Falling Waters, Hainesville

​Union Commander

Gen. Robert Patterson

Forces Engaged: 14,344

Killed: 23


Captured or Missing: 49

Total: 72

Union Officers


Union Order of Battle


Union Official Records

Maj. Gen. Robert Patterson

Pennsylvania Militia

Captain James H. Simpson

U. S. Topographical Engineers

Col. George H. Thomas

Second U. S. Cavalry

Lieutenant D. D. Perkins

Fourth U. S. Artillery

Maj. Gen. W. H. Keim

Pennsylvania Militia

Col. J. J. Abercrombie

Seventh U. S. Infantry

Col. John C. Starkweather

First Wisconsin Infantry

Col. P. Jarrett

Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry

Captain Edward McK. Hundson

Fourteenth U. S. Infantry

Abstract from Return of Department of Pennsylvania, Commanded by Maj. Gen. Patterson

Fearing Gen. Patterson’s strength, Gen. Johnston withdrew to Winchester, approximately 30 miles southwest of Harper’s Ferry on June 15th. Meanwhile, Col. Jackson’s 1st Brigade moved to Martinsburg, 20 miles northwest of Harper’s Ferry. Col. Jackson’s orders were “to feel out the enemy and to destroy the B&O (railroad) rolling stock it could lay its hands on”. 1 While at Martinsburg, Col. Jackson met up with Lt. Col. J.E.B. Stuart. On June 17th, Gen. Johnston advanced towards Martinsburg seeking higher ground better suited for battle.

          Leaving Hagerstown, MD on June 30th, Gen. Patterson was intending to invade Virginia on two fronts. The first unit was to cross at Dam No. 4, while the second unit was to cross at Williamsport. Due to fording the river at the Dam No. 4 being difficult, all the Union troops crossed at Williamsport.

          As Gen. Patterson was crossing the Potomac, the troops were “under the watchful eye” of Lt. Col. J.E.B. Stuart .2 Within five miles of crossing the river, Union troops skirmished with Confederate troops hiding in the trees. The Union troops began to retreat. Col. Jackson also started to withdraw as he was obeying orders which the Union troops mistook for retreating. 3 The Union troops started to charge the retreating Confederate troops. However, Capt. Pendleton fired a shot from one of his cannons. As an Episcopal minister, he yelled “Lord, have mercy on their souls.” 4

          The evening of the skirmish, July 2nd. Gen. Johnston moved north to meet with Col. Jackson. They met at the next morning and encamped at Darkesville. Gen. Johnston waited for the enemy to attack, but after four days withdrew not wanting to face a larger force.  From their actions during this engagement, Col. Jackson and Lt. Col. Stuart were promoted to Brigadier General and Colonel, respectively.

          The result of the skirmish was inconclusive due to the Confederates retreating under orders and the Union troops not moving forward to defeat the enemy.


  1. Champ Clark. Decoying the Yanks Jackson’s Valley Campaign. The Civil War. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1984. p 35

  2. Ibid, p 35

  3. Ibid, p 36

  4. Ibid, p 36

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