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.

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OUR next guided tour is on Saturday, november 12 at 10 am

The tour explores 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. Please meet your guide at the Meeting House at 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan, VA 22733. There is no fee for the tour; donations are welcome and help support battlefield preservation, stewardship and education efforts.

The tour typically takes about 2 – 2.5 hours. The tour route is in both sun and shade; please dress to support your comfort. The terrain can be uneven; sturdy shoes are recommended. Bug spray is also recommended in warm months.

In the event of inclement weather, a notice will be posted here and on our Facebook page regarding the status of the tour. Questions about the tour may be sent to info@friendsofcedarmountain.org

Visitors to Cedar Mountain

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!