Fisher's Hill, VA
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Fishers Hill, Shenandoah, Virginia, United States
Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign
Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan
Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early
Early’s army, bloodied by its defeat at Opequon
(Third Winchester) on September 19th, took up a strong defensive position at
Fisher’s Hill, south of Strasburg.
On September 21st, 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.”
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