Valley Pike-Tumbling Run Near Fisher's Hill - Fishers Hill VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 38° 58.880 W 078° 23.268
17S E 726270 N 4317951
Quick Description: Here on Tumbling Run are the remains of the "Old Pike" stone bridge. The Valley Turnpike Company was chartered in 1838 as a joint-stock corporation. The turnpike followed the route of the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2020 2:43:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM12TT6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Valley Pike-Tumbling Run Near Fisher's Hill- 1864 Valley Campaign-
Here on Tumbling Run are the remains of the "Old Pike" stone bridge. The Valley Turnpike Company was chartered in 1838 as a joint-stock corporation. The turnpike followed the route of the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to the backcountry of the Carolinas, a major migration route of the mid-18th century. First an Indian path, then a wagon road, by the time of the Civil War the turnpike was a hard-surfaced macadamized commercial highway. Lack of maintenance and overuse by the armies during all the seasons meant that soldiers often had to repair roads or clear new ones while campaigning. During the Civil War, nine major battles were fought in the Shenandoah Valley along the Valley Turnpike. Many more battles and engagements took place on other Valley thoroughfares since the armies marched on the most accessible and advantageous routes, which were also the historic routes used for commerce and private travel. Road networks and intersections often dictated where battles occurred. Roads were also essential to the vast logistical trains that followed the armies, including baggage wagons, herds of stock, fresh horses, ambulances, artillery pieces, and caissons.

During the battles of Fisher's Hill, September 22, 1864 and Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, the bridge here was important for the marching armies because it supplemented the natural defensive terrain of Fisher's Hill as a line of communication. During the Battle of Cedar Creek, the bridge became a "choke point" as fleeing wagons, artillery caissons, and demoralized Confederate soldiers forced their way across the stream.
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
At the intersection of Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Battlefield Road (County Route 601),
Fishers Hill, VA USA
22626


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