Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail
All told, Jackson's cat-and-mouse maneuvers during the 1862 Valley Campaign won five battles against three Federal armies between May 8 and June 9.
Note: For more on Banks' Fort, visit the Civil War Trails marker at the corner of Washington and Holliday Streets in Strasburg
The ridge that dominates the landscape south of Strasburg is Fisher's Hill, also known as "The Gibraltar of the Valley." At 750 feet above sea level, it is comparable in altitude to Hupp's Hill and thus constituted a formidable natural position that was also fortified against any military thrust from the north.
Union General Philip Sheridan, commander of the new Army of the Shenandoah, defeated Early's weakened Confederate force at 3rd Winchester (19 September), compelling Early's retreat to prepared positions on Fisher's Hill. On the night of 21 September, Union General George Crook, whom Early had beaten at 2nd Kernstown, marched his Federal VIII Corps to the food of Little North Mountain, using Hupp's Hill to screen his advance. Crook's sudden appearance the next day on Early's thin left flank dealt the Confederates ad decisive blow at the Battle of Fisher's Hill (22 September 1864).
Note: For more on the Battle of Fisher's Hill, visit the Civil War Trails markers south of Strasburg off U.S. 11
Erected by Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. (Marker Number CWK 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Strasburg, How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1862.
Location. 39° 0.012′ N, 78° 20.997′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles west of Signal Knob Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33231 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signal Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); A Natural Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail Head (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp Cave (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Cave (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.