"Indications were ominous"
— 1864 Valley Campaign —The Union victory at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864, affected the moods of both armies as they prepared to face each other at Fisher's Hill. Union Lt. John M. Gould Wrote, "I marched down that road [toward Fisher's Hill] with a grand consciousness that for once the Shenandoah had not been the 'Valley of Humiliation.'... I began to feel that my days of retreating before a victorious enemy have ended." Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's soldiers, in contrast, despaired. Confederate cavalryman John Opie Wrote, "What was left of our army had now lost all conﬁdence in General Early as a leader." The earlier Confederate domination of the Valley and the imposing position of Fisher's Hill, however, reinvigorated some of Early's men and gave the Federals pause. "We had, it is true, the prestige of victory, and the Confederates had the discouragement of defeat," wrote Capt. James F. Fitts (114th New York Infantry), "but their army now occupied one of the best defensive positions in Virginia."
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 723733 N 4318656|
|Decimal Degrees||38.98833333, -78.41683333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 59.3', W 78° 25.01'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 59' 18" N, 78° 25' 0.6" W|
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