Generally considered the second full scale engagement of Jackson’s brilliant Valley Campaign, the Battle of McDowell took place May 8, 1862 on the slopes of Sitlington’s Hill, a spur of Bullpasture Mt. lying above the village of the same name. It was here that 2000 Federal troops under Robert Milroy & Robert Schenck attacked an advanced force of Confederates under Edward “Allegheny” Johnson, who had already occupied the hill. Johnson’s troops were reinforced by the brigades of Taliaferro and Campbell (under Jackson), and the Federal attacks were successfully repelled. Nevertheless, the battle furnished enough time for the remaining 4000 Federal troops to retire beyond McDowell, where they were joined by the attacking force at dark. Jackson’s army, numbering nearly 10,000, took up the pursuit the next day, leaving behind a detachment of cavalry and the VMI Cadet Battalion to guard Federal prisoners (mostly wounded). The remainder of Jackson’s troops chased the Federals through Monterey, and down the South Branch valley to just south of Franklin, West Virginia, where they turned back.