History seminar July 28-30: 160th anniversary of battle

Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield will host a history seminar in Culpeper, Virginia, July 28-30, 2022 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the August 9, 1862 battle. 

A series of speakers will give battle-related presentations on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Friday evening will feature a keynote presentation. Morning presentations on Friday and Saturday will be followed by afternoon guided tours.  On Friday, July 29, the afternoon walking tour will explore historic downtown Culpeper. On Saturday, July 30, the afternoon tour will be at Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Thank you for your interest in our seminar commemorating the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

Seminar location:  791 Madison Road (Business Route 29), Culpeper, VA

The event will be held in the banquet rooms of Pepper’s Grill, attached to the Culpeper Best Western Hotel.

Lodging: A block of rooms at a special rate has been reserved at the Best Western for seminar attendees.

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Seminar pricing: $50.00.  This includes morning presentations and an afternoon guided walking tour on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30.

Optional air conditioned shuttle bus tour, “The Confederate Approach to the Battlefield”: $40.00.  The tour will be led by Michael Block, author of The Carnage Was Fearful; The Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862 (published 2022).  Seating is limited to 23 people; tickets are available only to purchasers of seminar tickets (if seats remain available, the tour will be opened to the public for registration on July 14). This tour will stop at War Craft Brewery on Route 15 for lunch.  The price of lunch is not included in the tour.

Keynote presentation by historian Jeffry Wert and dinner: $40.

Additional details about activities and presenters can be found below.


Thursday, July 28, 2022:  The banquet rooms will be open approximately between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. for an informal drop-in welcome and orientation.  Representatives of Friends of Cedar Mountain will greet guests and provide information packets on area attractions, tour locations, speakers, and more.

Friday, July 29, 2022:  Between 9 a.m. and approximately 12.30 p.m. a series of presentations will be given to attendees in the banquet rooms of Pepper’s Grill.  After a break for lunch, guests will be offered a two-hour guided walking tour of historic downtown Culpeper. This walking tour with John Christiansen, executive director of the Museum of Culpeper History, will include stops highlighting the A.P. Hill boyhood home, the Pelham House, the home of William “Extra Billy” Smith, the Battle of Culpeper Courthouse, the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, and Culpeper National Cemetery (1/2-3/4 mile loop).  Those who signed up for the special bus tour with author Michael Block will depart from the hotel parking lot around lunch time.

Friday Evening:  Jeffry D. Wert, author of 11 books and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, will give the keynote presentation at Tuscany Hall in Culpeper.  Tuscany Hall is an event venue known for its excellent food and service.  It is located at 21125 Kettle Club Road, less than 10 minutes from the seminar lodging at the Best Western hotel.  The menu for dinner includes a choice of 4 appetizers;  salad; bread; and choice of 4 entrees:  lasagna, ziti, a vegetarian pasta parmesan, and mixed vegetables with shrimp.  A variety of desserts come with the meal.  There will be a cash bar.  The price for the dinner is $40.00. The keynote dinner is open to the general public as well as seminar attendees.  Additional details will be available soon.

Saturday Morning, July 30, 2022:   Between 9 a.m. and approximately 12.30 p.m. a series of presentations will be offered in the banquet rooms of Pepper’s Grill.  After a break for lunch, guests can join a 2-3 hour guided walking tour of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.


Benjamin E. Myers, author of “American Citizen, The Civil War Writings of Captain George A. Brooks, 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry” will speak on this regiment that reported the loss of 244 soldiers, killed, wounded, captured or missing during the battle.

Ron Coddington, editor of Military Images Magazine and author of the Faces series of books, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, will discuss Civil War portrait photographs in popular culture, and how they became the Facebook of the 1860s.

Nicholas Picerno, historian and lecturer, will speak about the 10th Maine Regiment at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.  The 10th Maine Regiment reported 173 men lost, killed, wounded, captured or missing during the battle.

Paige Gibbon Backus, public historian and currently site manager at Historic Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, will discuss the state of the medical field in 1862 and how it impacted the soldiers at Cedar Mountain.

Frank O’Reilly, public historian, author of The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, will speak on a subject related to the Confederate command. (speaker confirmation pending)

Glenn Stach, Preservation Landscape Architect and Planner.  Glenn has ten years involvement supporting battlefield preservation in Culpeper and Orange counties, with projects at Wilderness, and all six nationally recognized battlefields in Culpeper.  Glenn will report on the findings of the Rapidan Front Cultural Landscape Study of the historic fords and 1863-64 Winter Encampment, supported by an American Battlefield Protection Program grant awarded to Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

John Christiansen, Executive Director of the Museum of Culpeper History. During his career, he has worked at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, and the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden. John will lead a walking tour on Friday of historic downtown Culpeper.

This page will be updated as additional details become available.

Thank you for your interest!

Friends of Cedar Mountain is also planning a living history and reenactment for the 160th anniversary of the battle that will be held on August 6 and 7. Learn more