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, Cedar Mountain Battlefield Foundation 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.
Interested in joining as a member? Your membership helps to support preservation, stewardship, and education efforts. You may sign up online or by mailing the Membership Application form.
We would love to hear about your connection to the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. You may share your story online or by mailing the Ancestor Recognition Application form.
We are always looking for knowledgeable and talented volunteers to help with public programming and provide guided battlefield tours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cedar Mountain Battlefield Establishes Foundation
On April 24, 2023, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield, a non-profit organization based in Culpeper County, Virginia, announced that it voted to reorganize the Friends Group into a Foundation and establish the Cedar Mountain Battlefield Foundation.
The Cedar Mountain Battlefield Foundation will focus on expanding its mission of preservation and interpretation of the Battle of Cedar Mountain which played an integral part of the American Civil War in August of 1862.
Learn more about this exciting change in the announcement: Cedar Mountain Battlefield Establishes Foundation to Advance Mission of Preservation and Interpretation.
Visiting the Battlefield
Guided Tour Scheduled for June 10th
Join one of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield guides on a tour to explore terrain largely unchanged since the Civil War. Participants gain insight into the chronology of the battle, learn stories of the soldiers and civilians impacted, and visit battlefield landmarks. The tour typically takes about 2 – 2.5 hours and starts at the Meeting House located at 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan, VA 22733.
There is no fee for the tour but donations are welcome and help support battlefield preservation, stewardship, and education efforts. Visit Battlefield Tours to learn more and register for the tour.
Visting 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. Visit Cedar Mountain for additional information and to view the Battlefield Map.