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Near Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
The Shenandoah Valley side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
1. The Shenandoah Valley side of the marker
Inscription.  
The Shenandoah Valley
Welcome to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, renowned in story and song. The valley has been home to American Indians and early settlers from Germany, Ireland, and Scotland who followed the Indians' Warrior Path and turned it into the Great Wagon Road. Tidewater gentry crossed the blue Ridge and brought the practice of enslaving African Americans to the region. All were drawn to the area by the limestone soils and rivers and streams—all of which contributed to successful agricultural enterprises. When the Civil War erupted in 1861, both North and South sought to control the area. In the postwar years the Valley recovered. Today it is once again a vital transportation corridor.

There are names which rang like bells in history, and Shenandoah is one of them, for it is not only a river, but also a valley, a valley consecrated by the lifeblood of brave men.
Julia Davis, The Shenandoah, 1945

From Backcountry…to Breadbasket…to Battlefield…and Beyond

Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864
In the fall of 1864
Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
2. Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 side of the marker
both the Union and the Confederacy knew they were in a fight to the finish. On October 19th General Jubal Early's Confederates launched a predawn attack here at Cedar Creek and drove Union troops out of their lines and through Middletown in disarray. Many of the Confederates stopped to collect Union prisoners and supplies that had been left behind. Union General Philip Sheridan, however, rallied his troops and turned the Confederate victory into a total defeat. The Shenandoah Valley was now in Union hands.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 0.034′ N, 78° 20.972′ W. Marker is near Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles west of Signal Knob Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33229 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 marker. Field Fortifications (here, next to this marker); Trail Head (here, next to this marker); Hupp’s Hill (a few steps from this marker); A Natural Bombproof (within
The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
3. The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Signal Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); Strasburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Hupp's "Little Gem" (within shouting distance of this marker); Crystal Caverns Mine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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