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 reformed 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.
The Battlefield has a variety of year-round experiences available for students of all ages. Self guided tours enable the individual to get a good overview of what happened that day in August, 1862. Guided tours are available individuals or groups with prior notice.Internship Programs
Our memberships provide wonderful benefits and supports our goal to preserve and conserve our local history. One of the ways we do this is to recognize the ancestors of our members who share what they know about their soldier . At dusk on the date we commemorate the Battle the ancestor's names are read and a bell is rung to celebrate their lives.Ways to support
Our beautiful historic property has been the site for living history events and reenactments. But it is well preserved and serves as a haven for photographers, bird watchers and others who appreciate nature.Rental Options
What our visitors saying about their experience
Our family visit to this battlefield was a fitting conclusion to our journey. We first visited the gravesite of my great-great grandfather at Culpeper National Cemetery. George M Cook of the 28 NY Infantry was mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Mt on Aug. 9, 1862. The cemetery and battlefield are preserved in a respectful manner that gave our family a great sense of belonging to this historic moment in our country’s story.David J. Sampson
Wonderfully preserved battlefield, the landscape permits a rare chance to see much of what the brave soldiers from both north and south saw. A perfect chance to walk in their footsteps. A must visit.Mike Scheibe
Loved the small tour size (5 people) ! This was one of the main reasons I chose a Museum Pleu Tour.Teresa Barrett