YOUR HOMETOWN: Port Republic’s Doctor Of History

Hess Helping To Ensure Town’s Storied Past Is Not Forgotten

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Posted: February 27, 2013

Dr. Irvin Hess, Civil War historian and former chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, gestures toward the fields outside his home along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The surrounding fields were among those where the Battle of Port Republic was fought on June 9, 1862. Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R.
Madison Hall, located just southwest of the village of Port Republic, served as headquarters for Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson during the battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic. Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R.
PORT REPUBLIC — History has enveloped Dr. Irvin Hess — or he has immersed himself in it. The line between the two is difficult to delineate.
Regardless, one fact is unmistakable: Hess and Port…

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