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The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap

August 28, 1862 in Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia

Longstreet's troops skirmishing
at Thoroughfare Gap.
Union Forces Commanded by
Brig. Gen. James Ricketts
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? ? ? ?
Confederate Forces Commanded by
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet
Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured
± ? ? ? ?
Conclusion: Confederate Victory
2nd Manassas/Bull Run Campaign
   The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, also known as Chapman's Mill, took place on August 28, 1862, in Fauquier County and Prince William County, Virginia, as part of the Northern Virginia Campaign of the American Civil War.

After skirmishing near Chapman’s Mill in Thoroughfare Gap, Brig. Gen. James Ricketts’ Union division was flanked by a Confederate column passing through Hopewell Gap several miles to the north and by troops securing the high ground at Thoroughfare Gap. Ricketts retired, and James Longstreet’s wing of the army marched through the gap to join Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This seemingly inconsequential action virtually ensured Pope’s defeat during the battles of August 29–30 because it allowed the two wings of Lee’s army to unite on the Manassas battlefield. Ricketts withdrew via Gainesville to Manassas Junction.

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