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Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

1st Maine Battery

 
 
1st Maine Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
1. 1st Maine Battery Marker
Inscription.  Captain Eben D. Haley's 1st Maine Light Artillery occupied a knoll behind the contact point of Colonel Daniel Macaulay's 3rd Brigade and Brigadier General Henry W. Birge's 1st Brigade. The battery quickly came under Confederate artillery fire and lost 27 men and 46 horses before withdrawing. Under pressure from Connor's South Carolina Brigade of C.S. Major General Joseph B. Kershaw's Division, Birge's infantrymen began moving westward down the trench line.

Donated to the People of the United States
in memory of
Donavan L. Neal
by Don Shafer of Ohio

 
Erected by Blue and Gray Education Society and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 0.789′ N, 78° 18.675′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south. Located along the walking trail of the XIX Corps Earthworks, preserved by the Cedar Creek Battlefield
1st Maine Battery Trail Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
2. 1st Maine Battery Trail Stop
Much of the ground here was open field at the time of the battle.
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Foundation. 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 of this marker. Union Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Molineux's 2nd Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Withdrawal (approx. 0.2 miles away); 128th New York Volunteer Regiment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bearing the Brunt (approx. 0.3 miles away); 128th Regt N.Y.S.V.I. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shenandoah At War (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo of "A full battery ready for inspection." On the right side is a drawing of "Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery in action."
 
Regarding 1st Maine Battery. The Cedar Creek battlefield is interpreted by several markers. See the Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. The XIX Corps Earthworks and surrounding ground have been preserved through the efforts of the Foundation. (Submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Cedar Creek Staff Ride. The trail extends from tour stop four on the Center of Military History staff ride of the battle. (Submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Battle of Cedar Creek Summary. The action here is discussed as phase
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four of the National Parks Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers. The related markers here follow a tour of the Cedar Creek Battlefield, October 19, 1864. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

5. Battle of Cedar Creek Preservation Efforts. Civil War Preservation Trust site detailing preservation efforts at the battlefield. The site includes a wealth of background information on the battle and an animated map. (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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