2022 Battle Reenactment – Information for Reenactors

Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and event2partners are honored to present, on the original ground, Slaughter on the Mountain, the reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, on August 6-7, 2022 near Culpeper, Virginia.

We are looking forward to this groundbreaking event, which marks the first time since 1987 that a large-scale reenactment depicting unit-specific actions has been held to commemorate the 1862 battle on the actual ground where it occurred. All proceeds go to the preservation and interpretation of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Event location

Links to Online registration and other event information for participants will be posted on this page on November 1.

Please note that artillery, cavalry and civilian participants are by invitation only.

2022 Battle Scenarios at Slaughter on the Mountain

Saturday, August 6 scenario: Attack of the 28th New York

At approximately 6:00 PM on August 9, 1862, three regiments of General Samuel Crawford’s Brigade attacked across a wheatfield on the western side of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. They shattered the incomplete left flank of the Confederate battle line and routed most of the regiments present, pursuing them almost ½ mile and overrunning the Confederate artillery on Crittenden Lane, before being stopped by fresh Confederate troops.

In this scenario US participants will be following in the footsteps of the 28th NY Volunteer Infantry that took 358 men into battle and lost over 200 of them. CS participants will be on the ground occupied by the 150 men of the 1st Virginia Battalion. The CS participants that finally stop Crawford’s men will represent the 14th GA of Taliaferro’s Brigade and 13rd VA of Early’s Brigade.

Sunday, August 7 scenario: Attack of the 7th Ohio

 At approximately 6:15 PM on August 9, 1862 four regiments of Ohio troops under General John W. Geary, advanced through a cornfield bordering the Orange-Culpeper Road, into the teeth of Confederate musket and artillery fire. The brigade was in two lines of two regiments each. On the right of the first line was the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The 7th OH took 309 men into battle that day and 191 would become casualties in the space of 30 minutes.

US participants will walk in the footsteps of the 7th OH as they take casualties, close ranks, and press on.

CS participants will represent the 47th AL and 37th VA of Taliaferro’s brigade, supported by all Confederate artillery that is present. This will be a static defense along the Crittenden Lane until the Federal forces retire, at which point they will advance across the cornfield and occupy the ground that the Federals had attacked across.

O’Sullivan, Timothy H, photographer. Cedar Mountain, Virginia. Panoramic view from center of battlefield of Cedar Mountain. United States, 1862. Aug. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2018671741/