Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail
Sixty-five feet below the Civil War infantry trench is the Ballroom. From the Ballroom, the visitor can view the deepest chamber of Crystal Caverns, which is at or just above today's water table at approximately 95 feet below the surface. These chambers are thought to be the oldest section of the cave, and contain speleothems that are as much as two million years old.
Curious Civil War soldiers explored the cave, but deserters also hid inside. In addition, the cave was used as a field hospital and a temporary holding pen for prisoners.
On the evening of 19 October 1864, to the last organized action of the Battle of Cedar Creek, a desperate Confederate cavalry rear-guard action against Union troopers on Hupp's Hill allowed the Confederate infantry to escape [unreadable]'s Hill, although they had to abandon some of their artillery and wagons because of a bridge collapse in Strasburg.
Hupp's Infantry trenches constructed by Federal VI Corps after the Battle of Cedar Creek were similar to this re-creation at Pamplin Park, Petersburg, VA.
Erected by Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. (Marker Number CWK 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Strasburg, How Strata Shaped Strategy: The Hupp's Hill Civil War/Karst Interpretive Walking Trail series list.
Location. Marker has been reported unreadable. 39° 0.003′ N, 78° 20.942′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles west of Signal Knob Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33231 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crystal Caverns Mine (a few steps from this marker); Signal Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp's "Little Gem" (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp’s Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail Head (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Strasburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.