Fisher's Hill

Fisher's Hill (HM1NWE)

Location: Strasburg, VA 22657 Shenandoah County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.31', W 78° 25.253'

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"Close up! On your life!"—Gen. Battle's Defense

— 1864 Valley Campaign —

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 and artillery gave us a heavy fire as we came on." The Confederate success in slowing the Union assault, however, proved temporary.

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
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 723382 N 4318664
Decimal Degrees38.98850000, -78.42088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.31', W 78° 25.253'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 18.6" N, 78° 25' 15.18" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5-423 Tumbling Run Ln, Strasburg VA 22657, US
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