Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slowing the Advance
The Morning Attack Trails
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Following the successful Confederate surprise attack, Union forces from the 8th and 19th corps formed battle lines across the woods and fields in front of you, in the hopes of slowing the overwhelming Southern assault moving in this direction. This included the 8th Vermont (whose surviving veterans later dedicated a monument to their sacrifice) and troops under Colonel (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes. This fighting delayed the Confederate advance long enough for the rest of the Union army, on the other side of the Valley Pike, time to readjust their lines.
The Vermont monument was one of the first put on the Cedar Creek Battlefield.
Thousands of Virginia bluebells bloom beneath these trees in the springtime.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes series list.
Location. 39° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8693 Valley Pike, 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. The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (here, next to this marker); Shenandoah At War (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Creek (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eve of Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bearing the Brunt (approx. 0.3 miles away); 128th Regt N.Y.S.V.I. (approx. 0.3 miles away); 128th New York Volunteer Regiment (approx. 0.3 miles 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 October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.