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Fisher's Hill Battlefield

The Battle of Fisher's Hill
September 21-22, 1864

Early’s army, bloodied by its defeat at Opequon (Third Winchester) on September 19, took up a strong defensive position at Fisher’s Hill, south of Strasburg. On September 21, the Union army advanced, driving back the skirmishers and capturing important high ground. On the 22nd, Crook’s Corps moved along North Mountain to outflank Early and attacked about 4 pm. The Confederate cavalry offered little resistance, and the startled infantry were unable to face the attacking force. The Confederate defense collapsed from west to east as Sheridan’s other corps join in the assault. Early retreated to Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, opening the Valley to a Union “scorched earth” invasion. Mills and barns from Staunton to Strasburg were burned in what became known as the “Burning” or “Red October.”

Preservation

362 Acres Saved

Battle Facts

Campaign

  • Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Battles In This Campaign

Location

  • Shenandoah County, Virginia

Dates

  • September 21 - 22, 1864

Union Commander

Confederate Commander

Forces Engaged

  • 29,444 Union Union Flag
  • 9,500 Confederate Confederate Flag

Estimated Casualties

  • 528 UnionUnion Flag
  • 1,235 ConfederateConfederate Flag

Result

  • Union Victory Union Flag

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