Confederate Armies & Departments in the Eastern Theater

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Army of the Potomac

General Joseph E. Johnston’s pulled his Army of the Potomac back from its position at Manassas to the Rappahannock River, abandoning millions of dollars of supplies and equipment. The retreat enraged President Davis, who was surprised by the move and outraged by the waste.

Army of the Valley District

On March 23 Jackson attacked Union forces south of Winchester in the Battle of Kernstown. It was Jackson’s only defeat, but it caused Washington to divert tens of thousands of men from the Peninsula Campaign.