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 on North River with moments to spare, rallied his forces on the far shore, and pushed them into the village to rout the invaders.
As Col. Samuel Sprigg Carroll's Union cavalry charged up Main
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.
Location. 38° 17.64′ N, 78° 49.212′ W. Marker is in Port Republic, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles south of Leroy Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is directly in front of house on hill at 8080 Main Street between Water Street and Leroy Rd. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Republic Foundry (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Frank Kemper House (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); The Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing); George Caleb Bingham (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 2.9 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
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,216 times since then and 130 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on March 6, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 5. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.