Battle of Jack's Shop

Commemoration of Madison County's "Battle of Jack's Shop"

On September 22, 1863, the largest Civil War battle in Madison County took place. Known today as “The Battle of Jack’s Shop,” it was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the entire war. Madison County historian Harold Woodward, Jr. often quips that “it was the biggest cavalry battle you’ve never heard of.”

A number of local organizations hope that’s about to change. The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), PEC’s Madison Conservation Fund, the Madison County Historical Society, and the Madison Chamber of Commerce and Tourism have joined forces to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle. In order to recognize the impact it had on Madison County, as well as the role it played in the overall war, organizers are planning a number of activities to mark the occasion.

The commemoration took place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Madison County High School.

Congratulations to Samantha Camilletti for her winning entry to the Civil War essay contest!

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History

The Battle of Jack’s Shop took place in Madison, Virginia on September 21st, 1863, when Union and Confederate forces met while marching through Madison. The battle was very bloody, especially for the Southern forces, but ended inconclusively after the badly outnumbered Confederates successfully retreated. Only one other battle took place in Madison - the Battle of James City. But the constant presence of troops, both Union and Confederate, and the large numbers of men drafted into the Confederate Army took their toll on Madison’s economy and demographics.

The articles and historical information found on this website are courtesy of high school student Peter Rice - taken from a senior project he recently completed at the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School in Madison County.

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