Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Candice and John Richards
Erected by Blue and Gray Education Society and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 39° 1.13′ N, 78° 17.634′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south. Located at a pull-off overlooking the Heater House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Battle of Cedar Creek (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar CreekVermont at Cedar Creek (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Creek (about 500 feet away); N.C. Troops at Cedar Creek (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Battlefield Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Camps (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. On the left the marker displays "The Heater House, Middletown, Virginia." And on the right is a map of "The Battle of Cedar Creek: Troop movements from 5 A.M. to 10 A.M."
Regarding Heater House. The Cedar Creek battlefield is interpreted by several markers. See the Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers. The related markers here follow a tour of the Cedar Creek Battlefield, October 19, 1864. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Battle of Cedar Creek Preservation Efforts. Civil War Preservation Trust site detailing preservation efforts at the battlefield. The site includes a wealth of background information on the battle and an animated map. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. A House Divided - Heater House. National Park Service. (Submitted on October 17, 2014.)
1. The Heater's Confederate sons
The two sons mentioned in the marker were John Philip Heater and Henry W. Heater.
John was a resident of Middletown at the opening of the war, but enlisted in Co. E, 7th Virginia Cavalry at Front Royal. He was listed as 5th sergeant by November 1861. Wounded at Patterson's Creek, Virginia (West Virginia), he died of his wounds on 1/5/64 and was buried in the Stonewall Cemetery, Winchester.
Henry W. Heater was a resident of Front Royal at the opening of the war and also enlisted in Co. E, 7th Virginia Cavalry, though he enlisted at Romney. He is listed as a 3rd corporal in November 1862, and a 2nd corporal by February 1864. Wounded at Funkstown, Maryland on 7/7/63, he was detached on hospital duty in Staunton for several months in 1864. However, he was captured at Point of Rocks, Va. (Loudoun County) on 8/13/64, was paroled at Staunton, and was later "caught with arms and prowling about the country as a guerrilla;" quite a difference between his sentiments and those of his mother. He was confined in Old Capitol Prison, 8/13/64. Following transfer to Ft. Delaware later
— Submitted March 27, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,268 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on October 17, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.