2020 Battle Reenactment – Information for Reenactors


May 14 update: Slaughter on the Mountain is being postponed to 2021. Cedar Mountain Battlefield is owned by the American Battlefield Trust, and the Trust, understandably exercising caution due to the pandemic’s uncertain course and adhering to current Commonwealth of Virginia guidelines, cannot approve public events at this time. Registrants will receive an email with additional information.

Friends of Cedar Mountain is working with Rear Rank Productions and other partners to set a date in 2021. We are very grateful to all the registrants for their tremendous response to this year’s event and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.

A smaller commemoration event for the battle’s anniversary period, August 7-9, 2020, will proceed as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and permission from the Trust allow. Information on that will be shared on our website and Facebook once plans have come together. Again, our thanks to all Slaughter on the Mountain registrants and to our partners, Rear Rank Productions.

Rear Rank Productions, the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and the Valley Guards are honored to present, on the original ground, Slaughter on the Mountain, the reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, on August 7-9, 2020 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.

As at previous Rear Rank Production events, Slaughter on the Mountain will feature both campaign and garrison camping areas, even-handed event rule enforcement, proper force ratios and unit-specific scenarios.

We are working on two public scenarios and one participant-only scenario. All artillery and cavalry are by invitation only.

Information for participants

Federal forces  (information will be posted soon)

Confederate forces  (information will be posted soon)

Civilian reenactors  (includes civilian guidelines that must be read BEFORE registering)

Rules and regulations  (all participants must read BEFORE registering)

American Battlefield Trust waiver (please print, sign and bring with you)

Registration : Registration is closed. Please see above.

Event location

Resources for participants

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/