Historian Bob Krick recalls the first preservation victory for the Civil War Preservation Trust - at the Cross Keys Battlefield. The Widow Pence Farm Tract sits in one of the most important spots on the Cross Keys battlefield. One edge of the tract aligns with the important Mill Creek defensive line and the other with the location where the 8th New York was ambushed by Trimble's Confederates.
Historian Bob Krick describes the action at the North Bridge in the town of Port Republic. It was across this covered bridge that Stonewall Jackson made his escape from the Federal raiders in town. Later Union and Confederate forces would fight over this strategic bridge crossing.