Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
From this position (Belle Grove Mansion is west of here) most of the VI and XIX U.S. Corps camps were visible on 19 October 1864. The XIX Corps camped close to their earthworks along the ridge to the south. VI Corps units were placed along the ridges west of Belle Grove. The tents of Sheridan's headquarters covered the ground around Belle Grove while the army supply trains deployed in the fields adjacent to the Valley Pike. Colonel Howard Kitching's Provisional Division of the VIII U.S. Corps was in the fields immediately to the east. Colonels Rutherford B. Hayes's and Joseph Thoburn's Divisions were camped southeast of Kitching. Elements of Confederate General Stephen D. Ramseur's Division quickly overwhelmed Kitching's men in the early morning attack and pursued the retreating federals to the northwest, while Confederate General John B. Gordon's Division headed for the ridges occupied by the VI U.S. Corps. Confederate artillery later set up along this ridge.
Vickie and Kenneth Johnson
Erected by Blue and
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 19, 1864.
Location. 39° 0.999′ N, 78° 17.824′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Located in front of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Cedar Creek (a few steps from this marker); Union Camps (a few steps from this marker); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Ramseur Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heater House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph of the "10th Vermont Infantry on the march in Virginia."
Regarding Battlefield Center. The Cedar Creek battlefield is interpreted by several
Also see . . .
1. Prelude to the Battle. This portion of the Center of Military History staff ride guide discusses the Federal camps and dispositions. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Battle of Cedar Creek Summary. The National Parks Service summary of the battle discusses the encampments in phase one of the battle. (Submitted on 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 1,673 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.