From the road looking up the hill, is the 'Coaling' as seen today. The house at the top of the hill was built in 1886 by a member of the Lewis family and is clearly seen in the old photo of the Coaling in the placard below.
|Placard provides a brief narrative of the battle|
|Battle of Port Republic (source: Wikipedia)|
|View from Coaling|
Today, there is a small church at the base of the Coaling which doesn't appear on period maps. Perhaps this building was added after the war?
Reading Cozzen's account of the battle has piqued my interest to follow up with a more detailed accounting. Having enjoyed Krick's work on Cedar Mountain, I'll give his Conquering the Valley a go. After that, perhaps, a replay of Port Republic on the tabletop will be in order. A quick glance at Conquering the Valley reveals that only casualty returns are listed. No troop strengths for the battle, itself. For troop strengths, I will have to rely on the game, Jackson at the Crossroads unless another source turns up.
|Church at the Coaling|