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.
The battlefield has a variety of year-round experiences available for visitors of all ages. Visitors may choose to do a self-guided tour by following interpretative signage to gain an understanding of how events unfolded on the site during the conflict on August 9, 1862. Guided tours are available for individuals or groups with prior notice. Click on Picture for more information
Consider becoming a member of Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Memberships provide wonderful benefits and support our goal to preserve and conserve our local history. One of the ways we do this is to recognize our members' ancestors who fought in the Battle of Cedar Mountain. In a moving ceremony each August when the battle is commemorated, ancestors' names are read and a bell is rung to celebrate their lives. Click on Picture for more information
In the news
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Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FOCMB) welcomes requests for battlefield tours by individuals or groups seeking to learn more about the battle. FOCMB was delighted
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Virginia legislators Rosalyn Dance and Alfonso Lopez wrote a column in the April 22, 2018 edition of The Virginian-Pilot on the benefits of battlefield preservation. Read the column
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Local businessmen shared a letter of support for proposed 1,400-acre Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park in the January 20, 2018 edition of the
What our visitors are 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