Save Port Republic
After three weeks of embarrassing the Yankees, "Stonewall" Jackson still had one more trick up his sleeve. In the early morning hours of June 9, 1862, Jackson's men advanced against the Union position along Lewiston Lane, just north of Port Republic. Abetted by Union artillery atop a high knoll called the Coaling, the Federals put up stiff resistance, repulsing Jackson's men and chasing them across the open field in an impetuous counterattack. But Confederate reinforcements ultimately seized the Union artillery position and turned the tide of the battle. With their own guns now turned on them, the Yankees fled across the Lewiston Farm. Southern control of the Shenandoah Valley—at least for the time being—was secure.
The Civil War Trust and its partners now have the opportunity to nearly double the land saved at the Port Republic battlefield. Located on both sides of the Lewiston Lane, these 429 acres were the scene of the heaviest infantry fighting of the battle, where blue and gray lines seesawed back in forth during five hours fighting. This land will be added to the 523 acres the Trust has saved at Port Republic—the crowning achievement of Jackson's Valley Campaign.