Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Port Republic

Port Republic -
Last Battle of Jackson's
1862 Valley Campaign

A wayside marker on the Battle of Port Republic was erected by the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc. at the "Coaling," the hill that anchored the Union battle line during the Battle of Port Republic.

 

Another wayside marker about the fight for the Coaling is about 90 yards up the hill behind this marker, and a "Battle of Port Republic" Virginia historical marker is about 75 yards to the north along the main highway.

 

Location and directions:

The marker is 2.5 miles east of Port Republic near the corner of the S.E. Highway (U.S. 340) and Ore Bank Road. (38.301439° N, 78.767118 W°; see map)

 

Text from the marker

 

Port Republic
Last Battle of Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign

 

You are standing on the “Coaling.” By the Civil War this area was nearly devoid of trees, the timber having been used for the production of charcoal. This was the key Federal artillery position during the Battle of Port Republic.

 

Federal commander Brigadier General Erastus Tyler stretched his 3,000 infantry and 3 batteries of artillery in a line from a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains on your left, along the “Coaling” then ¾ mile to your right, to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. It would prove a strong position.

 

On the early morning of June 9, 1862, Confederate Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, victorious the day before at Cross Keys, attacked the Federal line. His leading unit, the famous “Stonewall Brigade,” was easily repulsed two times by a “galling fire of musketry and canister.”

 

Following this reverse, the Federals on your right counter-attacked, pushing the Confederates back nearly ½ mile. At this point Jackson’s position was precarious. Fortunately for him, Confederate units were now approaching the field.

 

Port Republic Battlefield Civil War Site—Trail Stop 1
 
Erected by APCWS - Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.


Wayside marker about the Battle of Port Republic.
(above) Wayside marker about the Battle of Port Republic. (see enlargement)
(below) The marker is at the foot of the hill known as the "Coaling." The intersection of Ore Bank Road and the S.E. Side Highway is in the distance.
(see enlargement)

The marker is at the foot of the hill known as the "Coaling." The intersection of Ore Bank Road and the S.E. Side Highway is in the distance.





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