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

Fisher’s Hill

The Fight for the “Bull Pens”

 

—1864 Valley Campaign —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
1. Fisher’s Hill Marker
Inscription. To strengthen Fisher’s Hill’s defenses, Confederate skirmishers from Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur’s division took up positions on the ridge in front of you and constructed “bull pens”— makeshift structures of fence rails covered with earth. At about 1 P.M. on September 22, 1864, to distract Gen. Jubal A. Early’s attention from Gen. George Crook’s flank march, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan ordered Gen. James B. Ricketts’s Third Division, VI Corps, to attack the bull pens.

Col. Joseph W. Keifer’s brigade spear- headed the assault and within an hour forced the Confederate skirmishers back to their main line behind you. Keifer wrote of the attack, “The enemy fought hard to hold possession of this ridge. … I continued by repeated charges to push the enemy along this ridge … until he was forced to abandon it, cross the Run, and take refuge within his works.”

After the Federals occupied the ridge, Ramseur sent troops through a ravine to your left to dislodge Keifer’s brigade. The plan failed.

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Union skirmishers advancing at Fisher’s Hill — Courtesy Library of Congress
Col. Joseph W. Keifer Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. James B. Ricketts Courtesy Library of Congress
 
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Fisher’s Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
2. Fisher’s Hill Marker
Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 59.319′ N, 78° 25.064′ 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. Battle of 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 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher's Hill (about 700 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. ¼ 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.) 
 
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 254 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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