Fishers Hill in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Ramseur and Grimes Disagree
—1864 Valley Campaign —
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
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.
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 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. 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.)
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 252 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.