July 3, 2012

Reenactment, Battle of Port Republic

150th Anniversary of Jackson's Valley Campaign


The reenactment took place at Cedar Creek Battlefield, far from the original location but still in the Shenandoah Valley. The topography seemed different enough to me that something was lost, although both locations have a farm field and a hill. The actual battle took place near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah and the rivers there are impressive; in fact, the water was at flood stage at the time of the battle. A turning point in the battle was the charge against a high hill called The Coaling, which looks like a mountain compared to the gentle hills on this reenactment site (not including the mountains far away in the distance). 

Not that I have anything against Cedar Creek Battlefield; it's a nice place to visit. (Don't miss Belle Grove!) Port Republic is a great place to visit too. Not as much of the battlefield is open to visitors but the town is quaint, the rivers are scenic, and there interpretative signs to help you track the Civil War battle.
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