About This Place
The Battle of Tom’s Brook was a cavalry engagement fought along Tom’s Brook near Woodstock, Virginia during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Union Brigadier General Alfred Torbert’s cavalry surprised Confederate cavalry divisions commanded by Major General Thomas Rosser and Major General Lunsford Lomax on October 9, 1864. The routed Rebels retreated so rapidly that Union cavalrymen referred to the Confederate flight as the Woodstock Races. The Union victory impaired the morale and effectiveness of the Rebel cavalry for the remainder of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
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