Monuments at Cedar Mountain Battlefield

Contributed by Friends of Cedar Mountain board member Brad Forbush

Many visitors are surprised to learn there are five monuments on the Cedar Mountain battlefield. All but one of the battlefield monuments are on private property, which must be respected. The monuments honor the 3rd Wisconsin, the 27th Indiana, the 46th Pennsylvania, the 28th New York and the 10th Maine Infantry regiments.

These monuments are not to be confused with the Grimsley markers that dot the preserved portion of the battlefield. The Grimsley markers are small blocks of stone stamped with a brigade name, or the name of an artillery battery, that marked certain positions of units that participated in the fight. These became a nuisance to the local farmers whose land they occupied, causing them to be moved to less inconvenient sites. Many of the surviving stones have been collected for viewing and placed on the preserved part of the battlefield called “the point.” Others are still positioned near their original placement on the part of the battlefield that is protected.

Grimsley markers visible in front of the interpretative sign, with Cedar Mountain in the distance

In the far corner of the battlefield stands an impressive monument to the 3rd Wisconsin. It is accessible to all visitors willing to make the trek. The monument is engraved with the following names:

LIEUT. COL. L. H. D. CRANE.
CAPT. MOSES O’BRIEN.
CO. A DAVID BUCHTERKERCHEN.
C. FREDERICK EDDY.
J.C. LARIMORE.
GEO. MAXWELL.
C. DAVID ROUKE.
ANSON W. LOVELACE.
FRED G. REAGER.
ISAAC W. WINANS.
D. CURTIS JACOBS.
WESLEY J. BUTTS.
E. ETHAN W. BUTLER.
ANDREW CRAIGO.
FRANK DARLIN.
H. WM. H. MASON
NICOLAS WALLACE.
I. W.M. H. HUBBELL.
PETER JENSON.
EDWIN E. POLLEY.
JOHN. O. LYMAN.
CHAS. S. CURTIS.

On the base:
THIRD WIS. INFTY.
ERECTED BY THE SURVIVORS
1906.

Monument to the 3rd Wisconsin

Up in the woods on private land stand 3 other monuments fairly close together: the 27th Indiana, The 46th Pennsylvania, and the 28th New York.

The 27th Indiana reported 50 casualties: 15 killed, 29 wounded, 6 prisoners or missing. The monument to the 27th Indiana reads:

27TH INDIANA
INFANTRY.

Monument to the 27th Indiana

Of their 244 casualties, the 46th Pennsylvania reported 31 killed, 102 wounded, and 111 taken prisoner or mission. The inscription on the 46th Pennsylvania monument reads:

46 PENN. INF.
AUG. 19, 1862
CHARGED ACROSS
WHEAT FIELD AGAINST
STONEWALL JACKSON’S
COMMAND.
ENGAGED, 524
LOSS, 244

Monument to the 46th Pennsylvania

Reported casualties for the 28th New York included 21 killed, 79 wounded and 113 taken prisoner or missing, for a total of 213 casualties. The monument inscription reads:

28TH REG’T
NEW YORK STATE
VOLUNTEER
INFANTRY
AUG. 9, 1862
ERECTED 1902

Monument to the 28th New York

Some sightseers have spotted the monument to the 10th Maine while driving along route 15. It skirts the edge of a woods north of Dove Hill Road and the battlefield proper. Its often visible in the Winter if you know where to look. It is sometimes mistaken for a headstone, and some visitors have asked, who is buried there in the woods? But it is not a grave marker. It is the monument to the 10th Maine situated on the ground that represents the center of their line during the regiment’s ordeal in the famous wheatfield. The front of the marker reads:

TENTH MAINE
AUGUST 9, 1862.
26 OFFICERS
435 ENLISTED MEN

On the reverse side it reads:

LOSS 179
OFFICERS MEN
KILLED 3 36
WOUNDED 4 130
PRISONERS 1 5

Monument to the 10th Maine

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