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

Fisher’s Hill

“Close up! On your life!”—Gen. Battle’s Defense

 

—1864 Valley Campaign —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
1. Fisher’s Hill Marker
Inscription. As Gen. George Crook’s corps struck the Confederate left flank, Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur responded quickly. He reformed Gen. Cullen A. Battle’s Alabama infantry brigade on the high ground on the opposite side of the ravine in front of you so that it faced west to meet the Union assault. Capt. Thomas J. Kirkpatrick’s Amherst Battery supported Battle’s position by firing double canister into Crook’s infantry. Capt. John Massie’s Fluvanna Artillery also wheeled its guns to the west to support Battle’s efforts to stem the tide of Union infantry.

While Confederate artillery and Battle’s Alabamians fired into the Union attackers, Battle grabbed a cedar stake and rode among his men while waving it over his head and shouting, “Close up! On your life!” Confederate artillerist M.S. Watts, who served in the Amherst Battery, wrote that Battle appeared as a “colossal figure” as he urged his regiments to stand firm against the Union tidal wave.

For a brief moment the Confederate fire stymied Crook’s assault. After the war, he wrote that the combination of fire from the two artillery batteries and Battle’s five regiments made “the ground hot for us.” Col. George D. Wells, who commanded one of Crook’s brigades, agreed “The enemy … with musketry
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By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
2. Fisher’s Hill Marker
and artillery gave us a heavy fire as we came on.” The Confederate success in slowing the Union assault, however, proved temporary.

(captions)
Gen. Cullen A. Battle Courtesy U.S. Army Military History Institute
Col. George D. Wells Courtesy Jonathan A. Noyalus
Confederate battery firing Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 59.31′ N, 78° 25.253′ 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. 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. A different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 600 feet away); 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); Battle of Fisher’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher's Hill (approx. 0.3 miles 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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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