Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Molineux's 2nd Brigade
The westernmost brigade of U.S. Brigadier General Cuvier Grover's 2nd Division, XIX U.S. Corps, the 2nd Brigade first came under pressure when C.S. Major General Joseph B. Kershaw's Division attacked its front and left. Then C.S. Major General John B. Gordon's men, charging from the east, ran into the federal camps in the brigade's rear. Corps commander Major General William H. Emory ordered the brigade commander Colonel Edward L. Molineux to turn his trenches so his men faced what seemed the greater danger from Gordon. No sooner had the men begun digging on the Cedar Creek side of their old trenches than Emory realized the futility of the situation and ordered them to withdraw westward down the trenches, away from the converging Confederates.
by the members of the
American Civil War Round Table
of the United Kingdom, founded in 1953.
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1953.
Location. 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 Withdrawal (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Maine Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Trenches (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plantation Office & Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shenandoah At War (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slowing the Advance (approx. 0.4 miles away); 128th New York Volunteer Regiment (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. The center right of the marker is a portion of a painting named "Reverse the Trenches" by Keith Rocco. The lower left shows a portrait of "Colonel Edward L. Molineux, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XIX U.S. Corps. Born in England, Colonel Molineux entered service as an officer of the 159th New York Regiment and served with distinction throughout the war."
Regarding Molineux's 2nd Brigade. The Cedar Creek battlefield is interpreted by several markers. See the Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers link above.
Also see . . .
1. 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.)
2. Battle of Cedar Creek Summary. The action here is discussed as phase four of the National Parks Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,393 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.