Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Homesite scene of colonial settlement, Civil War clash
In June 1862, Madison Hall had become the home of Dr. George W. Kemper, Sr. and was serving as Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's headquarters. On the morning of June 8, as Jackson prepared for a quiet Sabbath, he was confronted with an emergency. Advance Union raiders had surprised the ill-disciplined Confederate pickets and entered Port. Jackson galloped through the village, pausing at the church on Main Street to admonish one of his staff for cursing. He slipped across the covered bridge
As Col. Samuel Sprigg Carroll's Union cavalry charged up Main Street, a skirmish developed. Here on the grounds of Madison Hall, two dozen infantrymen and some raw artillery recruits, under the heroic direction of Confederate Capt. Samuel J.C. Moore, made a brief, brave stand that protected the army's valuable wagon trains and herds of cattle spread behind the house. There is no reliable casualty list from the skirmish, but area diaries recall the excitement, pandemonium, and heroics as civilians sought safety and the Yankees were driven from the village.
In June 1864, Madison Hall was occupied by Union general David Hunter and his staff while their squads were detailed to destroy industries in Port Republic. It served as the residence of four generations of the Kemper family until it was sold in 1908.
Erected 1999 by Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc. in cooperation with Shenandoaha Battlefield National Historic District Commission. Installation by the Port Republic Ruritan Club.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1862.
Location. 38° 17.64′ N, 78° 49.212′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8080 Main Street, Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Republic Foundry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Riverside Graveyard (approx. ¼ mile away); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Battle of Port Republic (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Republic.
More about this marker. No parking is provided. However, the marker is within walking distance of the village of Port Republic, just past the point where Main Street makes a sharp turn and heads northwest.
Regarding Madison Hall. Madison Hall no longer exists. Current house on the site was built circa 1916.
Additional keywords. Stonewall Jackson, Shenandoah
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,557 times since then and 159 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on March 6, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 5. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.