Introduction to the Confederate Reports.

List of Confederate Reports contained on this website.

Welcome to the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield compilation of the Official Confederate Reports of the battle.

Introduction to the Confederate Reports of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion for the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

     Part of the mission of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is to educate the public about events during the Civil War that took place in Culpeper County and the surrounding area;  in particular the August 9, 1862 battle, known as the Battle of Cedar or Slaughter Mountain.

     On the preserved portions of the battlefield, interpretive trails and guided tours help to ensure the valor of the men present in both armies on the bloodiest day in Culpeper County’s history is never forgotten.  The battlefield has changed little since 1862, and walking the ground gives visitors a clear understanding of the terrain.  This aids in understanding the flow of the battle.  To further aid in the effort for understanding, we present here the official reports of the battle as found in “The War Of The Rebellion:  A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XII, Part II (Serial No. 16).” Continue reading “Introduction to the Confederate Reports.”

No. 26. General Robert E. Lee.

No. 26.

Report of General Robert E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding Army of Northern Virginia.

Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,          
April 18, 1863.

     General S. Cooper,
              Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, Richmond, Va.:

       General:   I respectfully submit herewith my report of the operations of this army from the battles before Richmond* to and including the battle of Cedar Mountain.  The accompanying documents comprising reports of subordinate commanders, &c., are designated in the schedule attached to my report. Continue reading “No. 26. General Robert E. Lee.”

No. 28. Thomas J. Jackson.

No. 28.

Reports of Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, C.S. Army, commanding Valley District, with congratulations from General R. E. Lee.

Near Locust Dale,  August 9, 1862.

      General:   I am not making much progress.  The enemy’s cavalry yesterday and last night also threatened my train.  Eight of their number, including 3 officers, were captured by Colonel Flournoy yesterday.  None were captured last night so far as heard. Continue reading “No. 28. Thomas J. Jackson.”

No. 29. Col. Stapleton Crutchfield.

No. 29.

Report of Col. S. Crutchfield, C. S. Army, Chief of Artillery.

Headquarters Artillery Second Corps,       
March 14, 1863.

     Colonel:   I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the artillery of this army corps in the battle of Cedar Run of August 9, 1862: Continue reading “No. 29. Col. Stapleton Crutchfield.”

No. 30. Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro.

No. 30.

Report of Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro, C. S. Army, commanding First Division.

Headquarters First Division, Valley Army,                 
Camp near Liberty Mills, Va., August 13, 1862.

      Captain:  By direction of the major-general commanding I have the honor to report the operations of my command on the 9th instant, during the engagement near Cedar Run: Continue reading “No. 30. Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro.”

No. 31. Col. Charles A. Ronald.

No. 31.

Report of Col. Charles A. Ronald, Fourth Virginia Infantry, commanding First Brigade.

Hdqrs. First Brig., Virginia Vols., Valley District,     
August 15, 1862.

      Sir:    Before the brigade became engaged in the battle of Cedar Run, on Saturday, the 9th, Brig. Gen. Charles S. Winder was mortally wounded, whereupon the command devolved on me.  In obedience to your order, therefore, I have the honor to submit the following report of the pat taken by the First Brigade in the battle of Cedar Run, Culpeper County, on the 9th instant: Continue reading “No. 31. Col. Charles A. Ronald.”

No. 32. Lieut. Col. Lawson Botts.

No. 32.

Report of Lieut. Col. Lawson Botts, Second Virginia Infantry.

[Camp Garnett],  August 13, 1862.

     Captain:   In obedience to order I have the honor to report that on Saturday, the 9th, about the hour of 5 p. m., the First Brigade, of which this (the Second Regiment of Virginia Infantry) is a part, was marched though a woods near Cedar Run, in Culpeper [County], in column of regiments, within range of the enemy’s artillery, a shell occasionally falling near the brigade.   Continue reading “No. 32. Lieut. Col. Lawson Botts.”

No. 33. Col. R. D. Gardner.

No. 33.

Report of Lieut. Col. R. D. Gardner, Fourth Virginia Infantry.

Camp Garnett,     
 Near Gordonsville, Va., August 14, 1862.

     Sir:   I submit the following report of the part taken by this regiment in the battle of Cedar Creek on the 9th instant: Continue reading “No. 33. Col. R. D. Gardner.”

No. 34. Maj. Hazael J. Williams.

No. 34.

Report of Maj. H. J. Williams, Fifth Virginia Infantry.

August 14, 1862.

     I have the honor to report that at dawn on the morning of the 9th instant we left camp near the Rapidan River and marched a distance of 7 miles.  Engaged the enemy about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Continue reading “No. 34. Maj. Hazael J. Williams.”