June 11, 2015

Harrisonburg Tour I

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Artillery Ridge_Cross Keys Battlefield

Civil War Trails sign and information kiosk on the Confederate artillery positions during the Battle of Cross Keys.

The  Artillery Ridge sight located within Cross Keys battlefield provides the location of one of the most effective uses of the Confederate Artillery during the War. The Confederate victory at the Battle of Cross Keys and the effective use of its Artillery, prevented two Union Armies from uniting.  This would set the stage for the Confederate victory the following day at Port Republic.


Directions for reaching Artillery Ridge site:  From Harrisonburg, come south on Port Republic Road (Va-253).  AFter 5.1 miles you’ll come to the intersection with Cross Keys Road.  Continue through that intersection and go 1.7 miles until you come to Artillery Road on your right (shortly after you pass Battlefield Road).  Turn right onto Artillery Road and go for about 0.6 miles until you come to Bowtie Drive on your right.  Turn onto Bowtie Drive.  Continue a short distance until you come to parking area on your right.  From the parking area, follow the wood chip trail straight ahead and it will take you onto the Artillery Ridge site.