By the time they shuffled through Harrisonburg in the first week of June 1862, Stonewall Jackson’s soldiers were nearing the end of an ordeal. Five weeks earlier they had left this same area of the Valley, and since then they had fought three battles and marched more than 600 miles. Jackson knew his men needed rest, but first he would ask them to stand firm and again meet the enemy. They responded by giving their general two more victories — at Cross Keys on June 8th and at Port Republic the next day June 9, 1862 — bringing one of the great campaigns in military history to a victorious close.
We offer two tours to help you discover the story of Cross Keys and Port Republic:
The Basic Cross Keys Tour: (1-2 hours)
Meet your guide in Harrisonburg for an easy drive to Cross Keys with stops at key points. Drive over the battlefield while your guide relates the evolutions of the fight. Splendid Valley scenery with several stops and moderate walking.
Cross Keys-Port Republic Deluxe Tour: (3-4 hours)
Meet your guide in Harrisonburg and move to Cross Keys by historic roads. The Deluxe will take you to key points on both battlefields and weave the stories of the two fights together, so you will get the complete picture of the main events on June 8 and 9, 1862. Primarily a driving tour with stops and short walks.
Before the tour begins, your guide will talk with you about pricing, timing, meals, pit stops and other details related to the tour. You will have options and can make informed decisions to suit your preferences.
Reserve a guide now by submitting the form below. We will confirm your reservation within 24 hours. You can cancel later without penalty.