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.