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

Union Withdrawal

 
 
Union Withdrawal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
1. Union Withdrawal Marker
Inscription.  Elements of Brigadier General James W. MacMillan's 1st Division, XIX U.S. Corps, left their part of the earthworks to fight C.S. Major General John B. Gordon's men closer to the Valley Pike. When Colonel Edward L. Molineux's and Brigadier General Henry W. Birge's Brigades of the 2nd Division reached this area, corps commander William H. Emory detached the 11th Connecticut Regiment from Molineux and sent it toward Belle Grove. The remainder of the XIX Corps units in the trenches continued westward, past Lieutenant Hezekiah Hinson's 17th Battery Indiana Light Artillery, which was in position at the contact point between the two divisions

Donated to the People of the United States
by
Colonel Charles Crawford,
USAF retired, of Pennsylvania

 
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° 0.935′ N, 78° 18.746′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County
Union Withdrawal Trail Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
2. Union Withdrawal Trail Stop
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. 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 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. Molineux's 2nd Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Maine Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Trenches (approx. ¼ mile away); Plantation Office & Store (approx. half a mile away); Shenandoah At War (approx. half a mile away); The Shenandoah Valley / Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864 (approx. half a mile away); Slowing the Advance (approx. half a mile 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. On the left side of the marker is a painting of a "Battery withdrawing under fire." On the right is a painting of "Union pickets."
 
Regarding Union Withdrawal. 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.)
Federal Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
3. Federal Earthworks
A few paces from the marker are the remains of a lunette, still visible as a "V" shaped series of mounds.
 

3. 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.) 

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 1,288 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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