Veteran's Picnic GroundsSoon after the end of the Civil War, veterans on both sides began holding reunions to walk the familiar battlegrounds and renew friendships with former comrades. Here at Fisher's Hill, veterans of the battle fought on September 22, 1864, started gathering in the 1880s to commemorate their war experiences. Local veterans and others purchased portions of the battlefield land to hold annual picnics. Over the years, hundreds and then thousands of Northern and Southern veterans attended with their families and friends. Participants from outside the local area took trains to nearby Strasburg, or to Staunton, 80 miles south, then journeyed here to the reunion each August. At their peak of popularity, these reunions often attracted 9,000-10,000 people. Here at Fisher's Hill there was a steam-powered mery-go-round as well as barbeque pits and picnic areas. National and state dignitaries often spoke at the reunions.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 3:06pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 725487 N 4318224|
|Decimal Degrees||38.98400000, -78.39675000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 59.04', W 78° 23.805'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 59' 2.40" N, 78° 23' 48.30" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 165-969 State Rte 821, Strasburg VA 22657, US|
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