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Fishers Hill in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

“Indications were ominous”

 

— 1864 Valley Campaign —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
1. Battle of Fisher’s Hill Marker
Inscription.  The Union victory at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864, affected the moods of both armies as they prepared to face each other at Fisher’s Hill. Union Lt. John M. Gould wrote, “I marched down that road [toward Fisher’s Hill] with a grand consciousness that for once the Shenandoah had not been the ‘Valley of Humiliation.’… I began to feel that my days of retreating before a victorious enemy have ended.” Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early’s soldiers, in contrast, despaired. Confederate cavalryman John Opie wrote, “What was left of our army had now lost all confidence in General Early as a leader.” The earlier Confederate domination of the Valley and the imposing position of Fisher’s Hill, however, reinvigorated some of Early’s men and gave the Federals pause. “We had, it is true, the prestige of victory, and the Confederates had the discouragement of defeat,” wrote Capt. James F. Fitts (114th New York Infantry), “but their army now occupied one of the best defensive positions in Virginia.”

Early, however, lacked the manpower to cover the nearly four-mile-long front
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By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
2. Battle of Fisher’s Hill Marker
from Little North Mountain on the west to Massanutten Mountain on the east. “Our position was naturally strong but our army was too small to man it,” wrote Confederate Capt. Samuel D. Buck (13th Virginia Infantry). Confederate Capt. Henry Kyd Douglas recalled that “Indications were ominous. … They knew our exact force now, and caution would have looked like cowardice.” On September 22, the Union Army of the Shenandoah took advantage of the position’s inadequacies.

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(left) Lt. John M. Gould Courtesy Nicholas Picerno Collection
(center) Capt. Henry Kyd Douglas Courtesy Antietam National Battlefield
(right) Sheridan’s army following Early up the Valley of the Shenandoah Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. 38° 59.3′ N, 78° 25.01′ W. Marker is in Fishers Hill, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road (Virginia Route 601) 0.3 miles east of Tumbling Run Lane, on the left when traveling west. Located along the 1-mile loop trail
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By Bernard Fisher
3. Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield
on the Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Battlefield Rd, Fishers Hill VA 22626, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fisher’s Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fisher's Hill (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher's Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. Ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fishers Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fisher’s Hill. Shenandoah at War (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 

2. Fisher’s Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on September 8, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.
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