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The battle of Cedar Mountain

On the blazing hot afternoon of August 9, 1862 a few miles south of Culpeper, Virginia, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson led his troops into battle against Nathaniel Banks’ corps of John Pope’s new Army of Virginia. Over 3,000 men were killed or wounded that afternoon and evening in the shadow of Cedar Mountain during the deadliest day in Culpeper’s history.
Culpeper’s native son, Major General A. P. Hill, sealed the
Confederate victory when his division re-formed Jackson’s
crumbled line and led the charge that turned the tide of the battle.

For Hill and the other Culpeper men engaged, this was
a personal battle to liberate their homes, friends, and family
from the Union occupation. Today, local citizens are coming
together to ensure that this battle and the valor displayed by
both armies will never be forgotten.


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Award-winning author and celebrated Charlottesville historian Rick Britton will teach this fascinating course about the U.S. Civil War, as part of our all-new Personal Enrichment Class program. The class will be offered from 630-830p over seven consecutive Monday evenings beginning February 4 and running through March 18. All classes will be held in City Space on the Downtown Mall (with convenient parking in the attached Market Street Garage).

Rick will offer an engaging, deep dive into a number of particular battles and personalities, what happened to those from Central Virginia who fought in the war, the critical role of human slavery that led to the conflict and the impact of the South's Lost Cause narrative that emerged in the wake of the war. This class is ideal for local history buffs and recent transplants alike, all are welcome. More information about class topics is here: https://cvillecenter.org/programs/classes.

Tuition is $140 for non-members and $95 for members. Non-member tuition includes an annual membership in the Historical Society. To register for Rick's class, you can call us at (434) 296-1492 OR send an email to admin@albemarlehistory.org. Sign up now as seating is limited.

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