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

Fisher's Hill

Confederate Gibraltar

 

—1864 Valley Campaign —

 
Fisher's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
1. Fisher's Hill Marker
Inscription. This is Fisher's Hill, the Shenandoah Valley's "Gibraltar"—a commanding height that offered Confederate forces a superb defensive position.

Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's beaten and bloodied army filed into position here on September 20, 1864, one day after the disaster at the Third Battle of Winchester. For the next two days the men strengthened their position, but no amount of digging could make up for Early's lack of men.

Early's defensive line extended along Fisher's Hill for almost three miles. The right flank rested on Massanutten Mountain, but the left fell about one mile short of Little North Mountain, in front of you.

His infantrymen held most of the line—and they were stretched thin—while a small number of cavalrymen occupied the left flank, which was "in the air" (not anchored on a natural feature such as a mountain or river). It was a weakness that the Union commander, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, was determined to exploit. On the morning of September 22, he sent Gen. George Crook's corps toward Little North Mountain to strike the Confederate left.

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The left flank of Early's infantry line stood on this hill. A one-mile loop trail will lead you along this part of the Confederate position—the scene of the decisive fighting at the Battle of
Fisher's Hill Marker (slightly modified) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
2. Fisher's Hill Marker (slightly modified)
Fisher's Hill. Use the brochure as your guide.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 59.334′ N, 78° 24.928′ W. Marker is in Fishers Hill, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Road (Virginia Route 601) 0.3 miles from Tumbling Run Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located along the 1-mile loop trail on the Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Battlefield Rd, Fishers Hill VA 22626, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fisher’s Hill ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill ( about 700 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. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill ( approx. 0.3 miles away);
Map of Positions of Federal and Confederate Forces image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
3. Map of Positions of Federal and Confederate Forces
a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill ( approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill ( approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fishers Hill.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a "Map showing disposition of Union and Confederate forces at Fisher's Hill." The upper center is a drawing of "The Battle of Fisher's Hill, sketched from the heights to your right (north)."
 
Regarding Fisher's Hill. This is one of several markers interpreting the Battle of Fisher's Hill. See the Battle of Fisher's Hill Virtual Tour by Markers linked below.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fisher's Hill. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on December 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Fisher's Hill Virtual Tour by Markers. Eight markers that document the battle of Fisher's Hill, September 20-21, 1864. (Submitted on December 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Battle of Fisher’s Hill. Shenandoah at War (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 

4. Fisher’s Hill. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 13, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Marker with Fisher's Hill in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
4. The Marker with Fisher's Hill in the Background
CWPT Entrance Sign to the Battlefield Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
5. CWPT Entrance Sign to the Battlefield Site
Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
6. Ramseur's Hill - Fisher's Hill Battlefield
The Funkhouser House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
7. The Funkhouser House
Visible from the hill is the one of the last structures in the area dating from the time of the battle. Built in the mid-1700s, the house still bears bullet scars from the battle. In the background is Little North Mountain, which forms the west boundary of the Shenandoah Valley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,919 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   7. submitted on December 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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