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Lynnwood in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Port Republic

 
 
Port Republic Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
1. Port Republic Marker
Inscription. Port Republic Battlefield Civil War Site—Trail Stop 4. Struggle for the “Coaling”

Federal commander Tyler placed at least 3 artillery pieces on this high part of the “Coaling,” and lined 3 more guns down the slope to the road on your right. All morning fire from this artillery played havoc with Confederate forces in front of you.

With Jackson’s men facing a desperate situation on the plain to your right front, Brigadier General Richard Taylor’s Louisiana brigade moved against the Union artillery position here on the “Coaling.”

Taylor’s men took the pivotal hilltop, lost it, retook it, then lost it again. The Federal defense was stubborn: Union artillerymen fought with their gun implements, and in spirited counter-attacks, Federal infantrymen from Ohio drove Confederates off the slopes.

Finally, on a third surge, the Louisianians, with the help of two Virginia infantry regiments, won this key to the battlefield, and this time held it. With it the Confederates captured five artillery pieces and forced the Federals to retire from the field. It had been a costly day—Federal casualties numbered more than 1100, while the Confederates lost about 800—but Jackson’s victory at Port Republic proved the culmination of a brilliant campaign.
Closeup of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
2. Closeup of Map on Marker
“As Taylor sent his Louisianians forward on their third attempt to take the ‘Coaling,’ Federal infantry advanced against his left flank. Timely support by other elements of Richard Ewell’s division put these Federals to flight, and together, Ewell and Taylor took the ‘Coaling.’ Tyler retreated north, leaving Jackson victorious.”

 
Erected by APCWS - Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.
 
Location. 38° 18.079′ N, 78° 45.978′ W. Marker is in Lynnwood, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Ore Bank Road (County Route 708) near Mapleton Lane (County Route 967). Click for map. It is just off U.S. 340 (East Side Highway). Marker is at or near this postal address: 7051 Ore Bank Road, Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Port Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Republic Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Port Republic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing); The Point (approx. 2.4 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Frank Kemper House (approx. 2.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynnwood.
 
More about this marker. Marker contains a reproduction of a battlefield painting with this caption, “The struggle for the ‘Coaling,’
Port Republic Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
3. Port Republic Marker
In this view southwest, the road running left to right through the distant intersection is East Side Highway, the road between Port Republic (left) and Conrad’s Store, now Elkton (right).
depicted in this painting by Keith Rocco, was desperate. Some Confederates slashed the throats of the artillery horses so the guns couldn’t be removed.”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The “Coaling” Port Republic Battlefield Civil War Site image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
4. The “Coaling” Port Republic Battlefield Civil War Site
Trail Stop 1 is on the right, in front of the brown Civil War Site sign. Trail Stop 4 is hard to see in this photograph, just to the right of the top-most utility post. “Mapleton” falls out of frame in at the upper left.
Port Republic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 27, 2009
5. Port Republic Marker
Trail-head sign that leads up to this marker, sign can be seen to the far right in this photo
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,706 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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