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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 1. Last Battle of Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.

You are standing on the “Coaling.” By the Civil War this area was nearly devoid of trees, the timber having been used for the production of charcoal. This was the key Federal artillery position during the Battle of Port Republic.

Federal commander Brigadier General Erastus Tyler stretched his 3,000 infantry and 3 batteries of artillery in a line from a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains on your left, along the “Coaling” then ¾ mile to your right, to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. It would prove a strong position.

On the early morning of June 9, 1862, Confederate Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, victorious the day before at Cross Keys, attacked the Federal line. His leading unit, the famous “Stonewall Brigade,” was easily repulsed two times by a “galling fire of musketry and canister.”

Following this reverse, the Federals on your right counter-attacked, pushing the Confederates back nearly ½ mile.
Closeup of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
2. Closeup of Map on Marker
“Confederate attacks against the Federal right and the ‘Coaling’ failed, and a counter-attack by the Union right pushed Jackson’s men back at least ½ mile. Taylor’s Louisiana Brigade came to Jackson’s support and launched the first of its assaults on the ‘Coaling’.”
At this point Jackson’s position was precarious. Fortunately for him, Confederate units were now approaching the field.
 
Erected by APCWS - Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 18.086′ N, 78° 46.027′ W. Marker is in Lynnwood, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Ore Bank Road (County Route 708) and Mapleton Lane (County Route 967) on Ore Bank Road. It is just off U.S. 340 (East Side Highway). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Republic Battlefield (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Port Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Port Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Point (approx. 2.3 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 2.6 miles away); Port Republic Foundry (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynnwood.
 
More about this marker. In addition to the map, marker reproduces two photographs with these captions, “This photograph, taken around the turn of the century, shows the ‘Coaling’ before it became overgrown with trees and brush. ‘Mapleton,’ the house in the background, was built in 1886 by Samuel Hance Lewis II and stands behind you.” And “The Lewiston House, shown in this photograph taken soon after the war, stood across the road to your right, on the same site where the white house you see now sits. During the battle, the initial Federal line ran through the Lewiston property all the way to the river, and fighting swirled around the house much of the morning.”

Photographer’s note: Without a guide, the location of Trail Stops 2 and 3 are not immediately apparent.
 
Port Republic Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
3. Port Republic Marker
Trail starts at this intersection, and this is Stop 1. Trail continues up hill to the left and behind the photographer to Stop 4.
Port Republic Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 11, 2015
4. Port Republic Markers
Mapleton can be glimpsed in the gap in the tree line.
Mapleton image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 15, 2019
5. Mapleton
This view is from the Ore Bank Road. It is a private residence. No trespassing. The road up to the house, Mapleton Lane, is narrow and without guide rails, and offers no turnaround at the closed gate.
Replacement for the Lewiston House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2007
6. Replacement for the Lewiston House
This view is from the “Coaling.” East Side Highway (U.S. 340) is in the foreground. “During the battle, the initial Federal line ran through the Lewiston property all the way to the river, and fighting swirled around the house much of the morning.”
Port Republic Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 27, 2009
7. Port Republic Marker
Port Republic marker sits just to the front of this marker at the trail-head
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,681 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on August 13, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   6. submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   7. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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