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093-5023 Milford Battlefield

Milford Battlefield
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 06/16/2004

NRHP Listing Date 08/11/2004

NRHP Reference Number 04000854

Milford Battlefield contains approximately 700 hilly acres bounded by the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Several military engagements took place at Milford (now Overall) during the Civil War, but the most significant occurred on Sept. 22, 1864, as Union Major General Philip H. Sheridan defeated Confederate Major General Jubal A. Early at Fisher’s Hill (about 12 miles northwest of Milford). The action at Milford occurred because Early had posted forces there to protect his right flank and rear at Fisher’s Hill, and Federal troops en route to attack Early’s flank assaulted the forces at Milford. The Confederates held their ground, thereby preventing the flank attack. The Milford Battlefield contains remnants of historic roads, buildings, trenches, and rifle pits, and was listed under the multiple property documentation form titled The Civil War in Virginia, 1861– 1865: Historic and Archaeological Resources.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: November 4, 2021