Fisher's Hill

Fisher's Hill (HM1NWC)

Location: Strasburg, VA 22657 Shenandoah County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.319', W 78° 25.064'

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The Fight for the "Bull Pens"

— 1864 Valley Campaign —

To strengthen Fisher's Hill's defenses, Confederate skirmishers from Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur's division took up positions on the ridge in front of you and constructed "bull pens"— makeshift structures of fence rails covered with earth. At about 1 P.M. on September 22, 1864, to distract Gen. Jubal A. Early's attention from Gen. George Crook's flank march, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan ordered Gen. James B. Ricketts's Third Division, VI Corps, to attack the bull pens.

Col. Joseph W. Keifer's brigade spear- headed the assault and within an hour forced the Confederate skirmishers back to their main line behind you. Keifer wrote of the attack, "The enemy fought hard to hold possession of this ridge. ... I continued by repeated charges to push the enemy along this ridge ... until he was forced to abandon it, cross the Run, and take refuge within his works."

After the Federals occupied the ridge, Ramseur sent troops through a ravine to your left to dislodge Keifer's brigade. The plan failed.

Union skirmishers advancing at Fisher's Hill — Courtesy Library of Congress
Col. Joseph W. Keifer Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. James B. Ricketts Courtesy Library of Congress
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 723654 N 4318689
Decimal Degrees38.98865000, -78.41773333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.319', W 78° 25.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 19.14" N, 78° 25' 3.84" 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 2200 Battlefield Rd, Strasburg VA 22657, US
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