We have a chance to save the center of one of the most iconic battlefields in the nation – Fisher’s Hill. Long in the making, I first brought this property to your attention as part of a larger project in 2016. Now this 120-acre preservation project is on the cusp of success, but it’s going to take all of us to make it happen.
Fought on September 21-22, 1864, Fisher’s Hill was one of the key battles of the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign. During the battle, the seemingly-strong Confederate position, bristling with guns, would be undone by a shortage of troops and a stunning Union flank attack, resulting in a Federal victory that would open the Valley to “The Burning.”
Today, you and I are extremely close to saving 120 acres in the core of that battlefield, and we only need $40,000 to do it! This acreage includes “Pegram’s Hill,” where marks the center of the Confederate line, and the village of Fisher’s Hill (including the historic Pifer’s Mill), through which Union troops pushed on their way to assault the heights.
The reason we only need to raise $40,000 to save this property is that we have grant funding in place that will match your contributions by more than 10 to 1. But we have to raise that $40,000. Over half of those funds must be invested in the project before the grant funding will be released – and the remaining funds must go towards developing and opening a public access trail on the site, a point that was key in negotiations with the property owner. This deal can’t be completed without that $40,000; it can’t be completed without your help.
Success is in our grasp, but it is by no means certain. Please do all that you can so that together we can reach our goal of raising that last $40,000. Help us save these 120 acres; help us save one more piece of hallowed ground. We are at the finish line. We have almost taken the hills – Pegram’s Hill and the village of Fisher’s Hill.
“Steadily, yet swiftly, [our line] went up, like a wall of gleaming steel…” – Union Capt. James F. Fitts, 114th New York, describing the Union attack on the heights.