The Battle of Fisher’s Hill was an excellent example of a surprise flanking movement against a defending force in a strong position. The battle opened the Shenandoah Valley to the destruction of its agricultural base.
Following his defeat at Third Winchester, Gen. Early withdrew and took up strong defensive positions at Fisher's Hill, south of Strasburg. George Crook's Federal VIII Corps, hidden from Confederate view, moved along North Mountain to outflank the left of Early’s line. Early retreated south to Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, opening the Valley to a Federal "scorched earth" operation. Mills and barns from Staunton to Strasburg were subsequently burned in what became known as “The Burning.”
Self-guided walking tour & Civil War Trail markers are on site. One of the many stops along the Wilderness Trail in Shenandoah County!
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