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Near Rapidan in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Cedar Mountain

The First Blow

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
1. Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker
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"As we came over the brow of the hill our men were fearfully mowed down, but not one faltered. … Our musketry was without any cessation, and theirs was the same. The balls came in perfect sheets around us, besides this, flank batteries played upon us with heavy shell." — Lt. Aron Bates, 102nd New York Infantry, USA

"Two mighty armies rush together … the smoke rises far above even us like indeed the smoke of a great furnace. The clash and roar of muskets and the thunder of the cannon … filled even the least sensitive with awe." — Pvt. Robert Miller, 14th Louisiana Infantry, CSA


Preceded by clouds of skirmishers, Union Gen. Christopher C. Augur's eight regiments moved through this field, then planted in corn, under heavy fire. Deployed in two massive lines, one behind the other, they stretched from where you now stand across present-day Route 15 and into the fields to your left. Volleys ripped through their ranks as they came within range of the Confederate infantry. One Union soldier remembered the bullets cutting down the cornstalks "as with knives." The Federals pressed forward,
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trying to sweep their foes from the field with the bayonet. Each charge—there were as many as nine—was repulsed with severe casualties on both sides.

The Confederate infantry wavered under the weight of the assault, and gunners collapsed from heat stroke and shell fire. Sensing the approaching crisis, Gen. Jubal A. Early galloped onto the scene and managed to steady the Confederate line. Augur's division withdrew after nearly an hour of fierce fighting. Grievously wounded, Augur himself had to be carried back on a stretcher.

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The infantry in the center exchanged close-range volleys in an open field—one soldier described the two lines "fighting with nothing to protect them save the hand of God."

Augur's men advanced into fire from three directions. Confederates along the Crittenden Lane poured in musketry and canister from the front while riflemen in the woods on your right and from cannons on the slopes of Cedar Mountain on your left raked the Union flanks.
 
Erected by Civil War Trust; Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. 38° 24.282′ 

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N, 78° 3.847′ W. Marker is near Rapidan, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of North James Madison Highway (U.S. 15) and Dove Hill Road (Virginia Route 642), on the right when traveling south on North James Madison Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Culpeper VA 22701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Cedar Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rapidan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 15, 2021