Port Republic, VA

Date(s): June 9, 1862

Campaign: Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign [March-June 1862]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Brig. Gen. Erastus Tyler

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson

Principal Forces:

  • Union: 3,500

  • Confederate: 6,000


  • Maj. Gen. T. J. Jackson concentrated his forces east of the South Fork of the Shenandoah against the isolated brigades of Tyler and Carroll of Shields’ division, Brig. Gen. Erastus Tyler commanding.

  • Confederate assaults across the bottomland were repulsed with heavy casualties, but a flanking column turned the Union left flank at the Coaling.

  • Union counterattacks failed to reestablish the line, and Tyler was forced to retreat.

  • Confederate forces at Cross Keys marched to join Jackson at Port Republic burning the North River Bridge behind them.

  • Frémont’s army arrived too late to assist Tyler and Carroll and watched helplessly from across the rain-swollen river.

  • After these dual defeats at Cross Keys and Port Republic, the Union armies retreated, leaving Jackson in control of the upper and middle Shenandoah Valley and freeing his army to reinforce Lee before Richmond.

Photo Gallery2

The Frank Kemper House

The Point

The North River Bridge

Riverside Graveyard

Palmer Lot at Middle Ford

Madison Hall

Madison Hall

Madison Hall

Port Republic Battlefield

Port Republic - The Last battle of Jackson's Valley Campaign

Port Republic - "Struggle for the Coaling"

View from Union artillery position at top of hill

View from Union position on top of hill

View from Union position on top of hill

Map of Battle of Port Republic

Battle of Port Republic


Slide Presentation: None

Classification3: B


  • Union: 1,002

  • Confederate: 816

Results: Confederate Victory

Battlefield Websites: 

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of civil-war-journeys.org."

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 02/22/2012