<A fuller understanding of the larger context of this battle would be gained from reading these remarks in conjunction with yesterday’s post on the Battle of Cross Keys.>

On this date of June 9th, 1862 – a Monday – the final conflict of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign transpired just north of the town of Port Republic, VA. A total of about 3,000 Union forces of General Shields, along with at least six artillery pieces, were deployed on a high mound called

The Frank Kemper Home in Port Republic – also known as the Turner Ashby House – where Ashby was taken after his death – visited there by Lee… is now the Port Republic Museum

the “Coaling” and stretched acrosss a plain to the west (facing south). It was a strong position… attacked unsuccessfully by the Stonewall Brigade – that was driven back about one-half mile toward town. There in Port Republic, Confederate reinforcements from Ewell (victorious a day earlier at Cross Keys) joined to counter-attack to the north. As well, they burned the bridge over the Shenandoah at Port Republic to prevent Fremont’s forces from following.

Especially assaulting the “Coaling” (an area bare of trees at that time – for the purpose of charcoal) – was the Louisiana Brigade of Richard Taylor. After a back and forth contest on the hill – with Union artillerists fighting with their implements – the Rebels proved successful in driving the Yankees back while capturing five guns.

The Valley Campaign was a near total success for Jackson, as it established his credentials for strategic fighting and accomplished the goal of diverting Union forces from more fully supplying and enhancing McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign. The focus will now shift to Richmond, as will Jackson’s troops to reinforce Lee’s defense of the Capital in the pending contests of the weeks ahead.

This is the view from atop the “Coaling” looking to the SW – Union troops at the outset would have attacked toward the south from the plain to the right of the picture. This is the view of Union artillery.

As I wrote in a previous blog post, while atop the “Coaling” a tour bus pulled up with a group being led by no less than Ed Bearrs!!

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed 3-4 hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and am the editor of a Baltimore/Maryland sports blog called "The Baltimore Wire." My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with a Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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