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

Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Jaws of Defeat

 
 
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.  
"At 4 P.M., we commenced that fearful charge, which cost us so many lives, and maimed so many brave heroes for life. Pen and thought combined cannot due this subject justice." —Capt. Warren Packer, 5th Connecticut Infantry, USA

"The fight was raging fiercely .. when suddenly and without any warning whatever a murderous fire was poured upon us from the rear, at least a brigade of the enemy having passed through the woods and reached within 20 or 30 paces of us." —Capt. William Witcher, 21st Virginia Infantry, CSA

While Union Gen. Christopher C. Augur's division battled in the cornfield to your left, Union Gen. Alpheus S. Williams launched his own attack across the field where you now stand, which was then broken by a grove of trees. When Williams attacked, the left flank of Jackson's line, anchored on the slope to your left rear, was thinly manned and lacking in reserves. Williams struck this point with nearly 1,500 men and crashed through the front line in a furious assault.

With Union Gen. Samuel W. Crawford's brigade in the lead, the Federals swept onward into the now-exposed left flank
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of Jackson's men near the Crittenden Gate. Bloodied by their firefight with Augur's division, the beleaguered Confederates began to give ground. Jackson's left flank was crushed and his center threatened. With this bold attack, Union Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks was on the verge of driving his long-time adversary from the field.

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The Union attack moved through the field in the background of this historic photograph. The reclining soldier seems to be holding a shovel—these men could be part of a Union burial detail. Courtesy Library of Congress

Crawford's men struck the Confederate flank, striking one weak spot after another before reinforcements appeared. The old Stonewall Brigade slowed but could not stop the Union assault.

Dense trees and hand-to-hand fighting disorganized the Federal assault. Courtesy Library of Congress

 
Erected 2022 by American Battlefield Trust.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is August 9, 1862.
 
Location. 38° 24.428′ N, 78° 4.021′ W. Marker is near Rapidan, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker can be reached from General Winder Road (Virginia Route 657) 0.3 miles north of James Madison Highway (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling
Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2021
2. Battle of Cedar Mountain Marker
Original CWT marker has been replaced.
west. Marker is located at Stop 6 on the Cedar Mountain Battlefield Interpretive Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9465 General Winder Road, 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 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hand-to-Hand Fighting (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tenth Maine (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 0.2 miles 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 109 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 11, 2022, by Benjamin Harrison Allen of Amissville, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 22, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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