Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Northwest of this tablet, 800 yards, is the Belle Grove House in which died, October 20, 1864, of wounds received at Cedar Creek October 19, 1864, Maj.-Gen. Stephen Dodson Ramseur, C.S.A. A native of North Carolina, he resigned from the United States Army in 1861, and entering the Confederate States Army as a Lieutenant rose to rank of Major-General at the age of 27.
Erected 1919 by North Carolina Historical Commission and the North Carolina Division, U.D.C.
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 20, 1864.
Location. 39° 0.898′ N, 78° 18.07′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Belle Grove Road (County Route 727), on the right when traveling south on Valley Pike. 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 The Battle of Cedar Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (about 700 feet away); Eve of Battle (about 700 feet away); Union Camps (approx. ¼ mile away); Battlefield Center (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Cedar Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this monument. "Esse Quam Vider," the Latin inscription at the top of the tablet translates to, "To be rather than to appear."
The tablet is mounted at the base of a marble column.
Regarding Ramseur Monument. The Cedar Creek battlefield is interpreted by several markers. See the Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers link above.
Also see . . .
1. Cedar Creek Staff Ride. The monument is stop five in the Center of Military History staff ride of Cedar Creek Battlefield. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Ramseur's Deathbed
Ramseur was known as a brave and gallant leader, always in the thick of the fight. Wounded on three other occasions, he'd always recovered. Only
As he lay dying of his wounds, Ramseur was visited and comforted by several of his West Point classmates, abet enemies on the day's battlefield. Among those in attendance were Generals George Armstrong Custer and Wesley Merritt along with Captain Henry DuPont.
— Submitted November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,286 times since then and 95 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2009, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on May 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.