September 22, 1864
The Confederates thought their position on Fisher's Hill was strong - it was called the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. The valley was narrow at this point and a position on the hill afforded a commanding view. But Union forces under Phil Sheridan overwhelmed the Confederates.
Sheridan's victory over Jubal Early's troops provided a boost for U.S. morale and the re-election of President Lincoln.
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|A short hike up Fisher's Hill is worthwhile for a look at the geography of the battle - and a lovely view!|
|Mill, Valley Turnpike, Strasburg, VA. Next to bridge where battle ended||Along this mountain, Early's men marched single file to surprise Sheridan||Cedar Creek - see Battle of Cedar Creek|
Fisher's Hill Battlefield is easy to find just south of Strasburg on U.S. 11 (the old Valley Turnpike).
In Sheridan's memoirs, his description of the battle of Fisher's Hill is about 3/4 down the page.
Next: Cedar Creek - with photos of this scenic battlefield
More links: National Park Service description of the battle | Sheridan's Battle Map
Back to: Sheridan in the Shenandoah |
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Photos taken Summer 1996 by Linda Javins Walcroft, Posted 2003
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