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 in support of our preservation and education efforts. Your donation is tax deductible.

Planning underway for the 160th anniversary of the battle

We're in the midst of planning for the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain in 2022 and look forward to sharing more information about the event soon. If you have attended one of recent annual commemorations, expect even more! In 2022 you'll enjoy the living history experience for all ages PLUS two battle scenarios. Check in here or watch our Facebook page; we'll be sharing event information as it becomes available.

Infantry reenactors are welcome to register for participation in the event. Cavalry, artillery and civilians representation is by invitation only. Our information page for reenactors can be found at https://friendsofcedarmountain.org/2022-event-participant-info/

monthly guided tours

Join historians from Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield for a guided battlefield tour on the second Saturday of the month (with the exception of April due to Park Day, August, when the living history event occurs, and December). Our next guided tour is on February 12. If you have questions about the guided group tours or would like to book a private tour, please email info@friendsofcedarmountain.org

VISITing the battlefield on your own


The battlefield is open from dawn to dusk. Please follow current Virginia COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, such as physical distancing from other visitors, while enjoying the trails. Please see the page Visit Cedar Mountain for additional information for visitors. Thanks for your interest!