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Confederate General Jeb Stuart's forces suffered heavy casualities at the Battle of Jack's Shop. Photo by George S. Cook

On September 21, 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.”

To recognize the impact it had on the County and the war, The Piedmont Environmental Council, the Madison County Historical Society and the Madison Chamber of Commerce & Tourism have planned a number of activities at Madison County High School and Hoover Ridge Park.

150th Commemoration

Saturday, September 21st
Madison County High School
Cost: Free and open to the public
The event will include the following:

  • Civil War 150 HistoryMobile - in partnership with the VA Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the VA Tourism Corporation, visitors will have a chance to explore this interactive museum that has been on a four-year tour throughout the region.
  • Battlefield Tour - local historian Harold Woodward, Jr. will lead bus tours of the battlefield throughout the day.
  • Reenactment - Civil War Living History Reenactors from the 7th Va. Co. "A", Confederate Infantry are expected to be on hand to demonstrate the life of a soldier during the war.
  • Craftsmen, vendors - a number of Civil War era craftsmen, artisans, and vendors are expected to be there to share their work and speak with visitors regarding their trades.

Students from Madison County High School are participating in the commemoration in a number of ways which include:

  • Creating a historical account of the battle.
  • Performing a vignette from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” - a play that Confederate troops performed at a gathering the evening before the battle.
  • Competing e in an essay writing contest, describing Madison County during the Civil War. The winner will be presented with a cash scholarship award donated by Virginia National Bank.

The commemoration will undoubtedly be a great opportunity for families, history buffs, and tourists to learn more about this important part of Madison County’s history. For more information, please visit the event webpage.


Peter Hujik
Madison County Conservation Officer
The Piedmont Environmental Council
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