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

Fisher’s Hill

Ramseur and Grimes Disagree

 

—1864 Valley Campaign —

 
Fisher’s Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
1. Fisher’s Hill Marker
Inscription. You are standing near the extreme left flank of Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early’s army’s thinly stretched line of infantry guarded by Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur’s division. Throughout the day on September 22, 1864, Confederate observers utilized the large lookout tree to your left to keep an eye on Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s movements. While many Confederates watched to their front (north) throughout the day, Gen. Bryan Grimes—a brigade commander in Ramseur’s division—looked to the west, toward Little North Mountain.

As Grimes peered through his binoculars, he spied Union Gen. George Crook’s columns moving up the mountain’s eastern face. When he informed Ramseur, the division commander promptly dismissed it and informed Grimes that it was nothing more than a fence row. After Grimes handed Ramseur his binoculars, Ramseur clearly saw the infantry line.

Grimes pleaded with Ramseur to immediately shift troops to strengthen the division’s left. Ramseur informed his subordinate that he would not make any redeployment until he discussed the matter with Early, who subsequently would not allow troops to be shifted. After the war, Early defended his decision and wrote that by the time Ramseur came to him he had already begun preparations for a withdrawal. Early wrote that he believed that moving the troops
Fisher’s Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
2. Fisher’s Hill Marker
could increase the chances of a Union assault. Because of his decision, the Confederate left flank remained weak, ultimately unable to repel Crook’s attack.

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To your left is a “lookout” tree, in which Confederate observers erected a platform after trimming branches and the top of the trunk. Scars from these modifications are still visible.

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Map showing attack at this point
Painting of battle from Confederate position
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 59.281′ N, 78° 25.222′ 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
Lookout / Witness Tree image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 13, 2015
3. Lookout / Witness Tree
(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 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (about 800 feet away); Battle of 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.) 

3. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Fisher's Hill - Union Flank Attack” (Submitted on September 14, 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 258 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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