Fisher's Hill Confederate Gibraltar - Fishers Hill VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 38° 59.334 W 078° 24.928
17S E 723850 N 4318722
Quick Description: This is Fisher's Hill, the Shenandoah Valley's "Gibraltar"—a commanding height that offered Confederate forces a superb defensive position.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2020 2:33:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM12TT3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Fisher's Hill-Confederate Gibraltar— 1864 Valley Campaign — This is Fisher's Hill, the Shenandoah Valley's "Gibraltar"—a commanding height that offered Confederate forces a superb defensive position.

Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's beaten and bloodied army filed into position here on September 20, 1864, one day after the disaster at the Third Battle of Winchester. For the next two days the men strengthened their position, but no amount of digging could make up for Early's lack of men.

Early's defensive line extended along Fisher's Hill for almost three miles. The right flank rested on Massanutten Mountain, but the left fell about one mile short of Little North Mountain, in front of you.

His infantrymen held most of the line—and they were stretched thin—while a small number of cavalrymen occupied the left flank, which was "in the air" (not anchored on a natural feature such as a mountain or river). It was a weakness that the Union commander, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, was determined to exploit. On the morning of September 22, he sent Gen. George Crook's corps toward Little North Mountain to strike the Confederate left.

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The left flank of Early's infantry line stood on this hill. A one-mile loop trail will lead you along this part of the Confederate position—the scene of the decisive fighting at the Battle of Fisher's Hill. Use the brochure as your guide.
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
601 Battlefield Rd,
Located along the 1-mile loop trail on the Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield.
Fishers Hill , VA USA
22626


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