August 29, 2017

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Preservation Event with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 1:30pm
(Gordon’s Hill, Fisher’s Hill Battlefield)

A special battlefield preservation event with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that will include remarks by Governor McAuliffe and the announcement of the SVBF’s newest preservation successes, including the preservation of the 70-acre “Gordon’s Hill” site. Joining Governor McAuliffe will be Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Julie Langan and SVBF CEO Keven Walker. Free.  For a map and directions, click here.  For more information, call 540-740-4545.

*Only people who have RSVPed may attend!


Fisher’s Hill: A Living Panorama with Jonathan A. Noyalas
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, approx. 2:30pm
(Gordon’s Hill, Fisher’s Hill Battlefield)

Historian Jonathan A. Noyalas, Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University and author of The Battle of Fisher’s Hill: Breaking the Shenandoah Valley’s Gibraltar, will lead an interpretive program incorporating the panoramic view of the battlefield from the newly preserved Gordon’s Hill property. Program will begin immediately following the preservation event.  Free.  For a map and directions, click here.  For more information, call 540-740-4545.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Fisher’s Hill: The Story of a Battlefield – Clarence Geier and Joe Whitehorne
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6 pm
(Stoner-Keller [Erbach] Mill, 2900 Battlefield Rd., Fisher’s Hill)

Historians Clarence Geier and Joe Whitehorne, authors of the upcoming digital book,

Fisher’s Hill: The Story of a Battlefield, will present this unique program on the “Gibraltar of the Shenandoah,” beginning with a presentation by Clarence Geier on the terrain of Fisher’s Hill and how it shaped and influenced the history, followed by a presentation by Joe Whitehorne on the military history of Fisher’s Hill.  Free.  For a map and directions, click here.  For for more information, call 540-740-4545.



Battlefield Programs – Fisher’s Hill
Saturday, September 23, 2017


Cannon Demonstrations: “Fire on the Mountaintop”
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10am, Noon, 2pm

Artillery demonstrations from the Confederate defensive positions high atop Gordon’s Hill. The demonstrations will be held three times – at 10am, Noon, and 2pm. Free.




Interpretive Program: “The Fall of Fisher’s Hill”
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11am and 1pm

Interpretive program led by Chris Mattingly that will cover the road to the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, the pivotal battle itself, and its impact. Free.




Youth Program:  “Life as a Soldier and Civilian”
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:30-4 pm
(Gordon’s Hill, Fisher’s Hill Battlefield)

Interactive program where young people can experience the lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War.  Led by living historians and Tom and Lesley Mack of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers.



Living History: “The Soldiers of ’64”
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10am-4pm
(Gordon’s Hill, Fisher’s Hill Battlefield)

Living history on the lives of the soldiers in the tumultuous campaign year of 1864.  Throughout the day.  Free.


Full Schedule – Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Gordon’s Hill)

10am-4pm – Living history: “The Soldiers of ’64”
10am – Cannon demonstration:  “Fire on the Mountaintop”
11am – Interpretive program:  “The Fall of Fisher’s HIll”
Noon – Cannon demonstration:  “Fire on the Mountaintop”
1pm – Interpretive program:  “The Fall of Fisher’s Hill”
2pm – Cannon demonstration:  “Fire on the Mountaintop”
2:30pm – Youth program:  “Life as a Soldier and Civilian”


The Battle of Fisher’s Hill
September 21-22, 1864

After the pivotal Union victory at the Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864), Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s army, depleted by the defeat, took up a strong defensive position at Fisher’s Hill, south of Strasburg. On September 21, Union Gen. Philip Sheridan’s army advanced, capturing important high ground. On the 22nd, Union Gen. George 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 joined in the assault. Early retreated to Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, opening the Valley to “The Burning.”