“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

A Rich Prize

7:00 a.m.


— Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park —

A Rich Prize Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 23, 2020
1. A Rich Prize Marker
Belle Grove was Union headquarters, and thus was surrounded by hundreds of supply wagons, ambulances and tents. As the Confederate advance neared the plantation manor house there was a scramble to evacuate them to safely. Most escaped capture. The fighting around Belle Grove was intense as every effort was made to slow the Confederate advance and bring up the 6th Corps, which up to this point had not been engaged. But as the 6th Corps advanced, fleeing men of the 19th Corps, along the with dense fog, disrupted their battle lines.

These two James Taylor sketches capture different aspects of this struggle.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 39° 1.258′ N, 78° 18.266′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Belle Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor of Joist Hite (1685-1761) (here, next to this marker); Old Hall at Belle Grove (a few steps from this marker); Plantation Slavery (within shouting distance
A Rich Prize Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 23, 2020
2. A Rich Prize Marker
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of this marker); Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enslaved Burial Ground (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plantation Office & Store (about 800 feet away); Battle of Cedar Creek 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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