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

Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Battlefield Since 1862

 
 
Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Benjamin Harrison Allen, August 9, 2022
1. Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker
This ABT marker replaced the original CWT marker.
Inscription.  
Three days after the battle, following a cease-fire, Stonewall Jackson's force withdrew to Gordonsville. Most of the Confederate dead and at least 405 Federal soldiers were buried on the field. All but one, N.B. Phillips, were in unmarked graves.

The Union army occupied the field for about a week after the battle. Working for Mathew Brady, photographer Timothy O'Sullivan visited the field and captured images of the landscape covered in tents and soldiers exploring the wreckage of the battle.

At the start of the Second Manassas Campaign, Cedar Mountain returned to Confederate control. Soldiers drilling on the field where you now stand held contests to see who could pick up the most bullets without breaking formation. The winner usually came up with thirty or forty spent rounds.

In 1902, Culpeper County resident and Confederate veteran Daniel A. Grimsley oversaw the installation of over 60 stone markers indicating the positions of regiments and batteries during the battle. Grimsley was an early preservationist, and he soon became the unofficial ambassador of the Cedar Mountain battlefield, organizing reunions
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and memorials until his death in 1910. On November 2, 1902, he gave a tour to President Theodore Roosevelt and presented him with an excavated cannon shell.

The battlefield today is preserved by the Civil War Trust in cooperation with the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and with the area's landowners, whose passion for stewardship has left this hallowed ground mostly intact since 1862.

"The old veteran drew a very happy contrast between the hot reception and scant rations of August 9, 1862 and the cordial welcome and toothsome dainties of its fortieth anniversary." —Horatio C. King, USA, at the dedication to the NY Monument at the Culpeper National Cemetery, August 8, 1902

"The Federal commander asked for a truce to bury his dead, and all that day the Federal and Confederate soldiers mingled freely together, engaged in the pious work of burying their dead and caring for their wounded." —Maj. Daniel Grimsley, 6th Virginia Cavalry, CSA, as recounted in 1900

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This Timothy O'Sullivan photograph shows Union soldiers moving among fresh graves on the field in front of you, along the Culpeper Road. Courtesy Library of Congress

Maj. Daniel A. Grimsley, 6th Virginia Cavalry, fought in Jackson's army at Cedar Mountain. In 1901, he solicited contributions from other survivors to mark
Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 17, 2021
2. Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker
Original CWT marker has been replaced.
the battlefield with stones according to the arrangement shown in this map. Most of the markers have been lost to history, a few remain in their original location. A small number (including those around you) have been relocated for protection from farm machinery.

Interested in the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry's desperate charge, former cavalryman President Theodore Roosevelt (far left), stands near the 28th NY monument. Grimsley stands second from the right. Courtesy Lucy Robb Works

 
Erected 2022 by American Battlefield Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 9, 1862.
 
Location. 38° 24.394′ N, 78° 3.905′ W. Marker is near Rapidan, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker can be reached from Dove Hill Road (Virginia Route 642) 0.1 miles north of North James Madison Highway (U.S. 15), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located at Stop 5 on the Cedar Mountain Battlefield Interpretive Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9465 General Winder Rd, Rapidan VA 22733, 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 Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain
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(about 300 feet away); Tenth Maine (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hand-to-Hand Fighting (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rapidan.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Battle of Cedar Mountain".
 
Also see . . .  Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. (Submitted on August 12, 2022.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2022, by Benjamin Harrison Allen of Amissville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 11, 2022, by Benjamin Harrison Allen of Amissville, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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