Fisher's Hill

Fisher's Hill (HM1NWH)

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

N 38° 59.217', W 78° 25.311'

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"To give up all hope"—Confederate Left Disintegrates

— 1864 Valley Campaign —

Fearing for the ability of Battle's brigade to Withstand Crook's assault, Ramseur ordered Gen. William R. Cox's North Carolina brigade to form on Battle's left flank to your left. As Cox, regarded as one of the finest-dressed men in the Confederate army, moved his brigade toward the sound of combat, he became confused and turned his six regiments southwest and away from Battle's command. Cox's movement exposed Battle's left flank and enabled Col. Rutherford B. Hayes's division to fire directly into it. Hayes wrote that when Battle's men learned that their left flank had been turned "they seemed to give up all hope of holding their works and fled in confusion toward the [Valley] turnpike."

As Battle's men gave way, the other regiments in Ramseur's division soon followed. Not only Crook's corps, but also Union Gen. Horatio G. Wright's corps pressed them hard. One of Ramseur's brigade commanders—Gen. Bryan Grimes—tried to hold the Confederate left by facing three of his regiments west to confront Crook while keeping his other two facing north to block Wright's corps. Despite Grimes's best efforts, however, the fire from two directions compelled him to withdraw his brigade from the field.

Col. Rutherford B. Hayes Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. William R. Cox Courtesy North Carolina Office of Archives & History
Gen. Bryan Grimes Courtesy University of North Carolina
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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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 723303 N 4318490
Decimal Degrees38.98695000, -78.42185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.217', W 78° 25.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 13.02" N, 78° 25' 18.66" 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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