The Battle of Cedar Mountain

On the blazing hot afternoon of August 9, 1862 a few miles south of Culpeper, Virginia, Confederate Major General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson led his troops into battle against Union Major General Nathaniel Banks’ corps of the Army of Virginia. The five hour fight saw four Federal brigades surge across corn and wheat fields against three Confederate divisions formed along the road, fence lines, and in the woods.

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.

3,800 men were killed or wounded in the shadow of Cedar Mountain by the end of the day — the deadliest day in Culpeper’s history.

Through historic preservation and education efforts, Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is working to ensure that this battle and the valor displayed by both armies will never be forgotten.

Please consider a donation to Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Your contribution will help support our organization's preservation and education efforts.

We are grateful to photographer Buddy Secor for permission to use his photo of Cedar Mountain on our home page. Image © Buddy Secor

Fall battlefield tours

Learn about the Battle of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FCMB) during a guided walking tour of the battlefield on the third Saturday of each month in September and October at 10:00 am. These tours are open to all ages to learn about the August 9, 1862 encounter in which Confederate troops led by General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson prevailed over Federal troops led by General Nathaniel Banks at a cost of 3800 men killed or wounded.
Tour dates: September 21 and October 19.
Donation: A $10 donation to FCMB is requested.
Parking: Friends of Cedar Mountain Meeting House, 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan, VA 22733.
Please direct any inquiries to info@friendsofcedarmountain.org or 540-727-8849.

Thank you to everyone who supported our annual battle commemoration!

Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is grateful to the visitors who came to learn more about the battle during our 157th Anniversary Living History Weekend on August 10 and 11, 2019. Special thanks to the living history participants who made the weekend such a success! The event has been growing each year, and we are already planning an expansion of activities for all ages in 2020! We look forward to seeing you on the second weekend in August!

Photo credit to Beatific Visions Photography ©

 

 

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