Rebel Line At Fisher's Hill, Virginia
September 21-22, 1864
Graphite on paper
Overall: 6 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. (16.5 x 25.7 cm)
Annotations throughout; verso inscribed at left vertically: "Part of Fishers Hill -- here the Left wing / of the Sixth corps charged -- & drove the / rebels -- sketched the Morning after the / fight / this is the first hill to the right of the Pike -- / J. E Taylor"
Civil War Drawings Collection. See also 1945.580.57, Position of the 19th Corps at Fisher's Hill. A battle in Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan's Shenandoah, Virginia campaign against Gen. Jubal Early's troops, weakened by his defeat at Winchester (Third). On September 21, the Federal army advanced, driving back skirmishers and capturing important high ground opposite the Confederate works at Fisher's Hill. On the 22nd, Gen. George Crook's Corps, hidden from Confederate view, moved along North Mountain to outflank Early’s line. About 4 p.m. Crook attacked Early’s flank, held only by Confederate cavalry who offered little resistance. As Crook began his assault, Sheridan ordered a frontal attack. Facing overwhelming force the Confederate defenders broke and ran to avoid capture. Early retreated south to Rockfish Gap near Waynesboro, opening the Valley to a Federal "scorched earth" operation. Mills and barns from Staunton to Strasburg were subsequently destroyed in what became known as “The Burning”.
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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