The village of Port Republic, at the confluence of the North River and the South River, saw early action in the Battle of Port Republic.
The battle then moved northeast into the floodplain of the South River. Much of the floodplain was and continues to be used for agriculture.
The rising Blue Ridge Mountains bound the battlefield on the southeast. The Coaling is a prominent feature on the eastern edge of the battlefield. Union guns were placed on this small knob and used by both sides to control action on the battlefield. The southern end of the Massanutten Mountain is clearly visible from most of the battlefield.
Land use is little changed since the period of significance. Port Republic presents excellent opportunities for comprehensive landscape preservation, but faces significant threats from planned highway projects.
This victory concluded the first Valley Campaign and enabled Jackson’s army to leave the Valley to aid in Richmond’s defense.
Visitor InformationCivil War Orientation Center and Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services
212 S Main St, Harrisonburg 540-432-8935 Daily 9am-5pm Self-Guided Tours:
A free printed driving tour of the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic is available at the Hardesty-Higgins House visitor center. Walking tours of Harrisonburg and Port Republic are also available. For information about guided walking tours, contact Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services at 540-432-8935.