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

Eve of Battle

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

 
 
Eve of Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
1. Eve of Battle Marker
Inscription. On the night of October 18, 1864, tents sheltering part of General Philip Sheridan's 32,000 strong Union Army of the Shenandoah blanketed the fields before you. Numerous supply wagons stood around Belle Grove. Above the banks of Cedar Creek, more tents and entrenchments faced south and guarded the Valley Pike's crossing. On the bluffs above the North Fork of the Shenandoah trenches and camps overlooked the river's passage. Following his victories in September and October 1864, Sheridan's army had conducted “The Burning,” a systematic destruction of the Shenandoah Valley. Most believed Early, with at most 14,000 men, was incapable of mounting another offensive and thought that warfare in the valley was almost at an end.

The Army of the Shenandoah settled dawn in its fortified camp behind Cedar Creek with perfect confidence that it was secure from any successful attack by the forces under General Early.
A veteran of the 121st New York State Infantry
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 0.828′ N, 78° 18.193′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11) south of Virginia Route 727, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map
Eve of Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
2. Eve of Battle Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8624 Valley Pike, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Cedar Creek (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Creek (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramseur Monument (about 700 feet away); Cedar Creek The 8th Vermont Vol's (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Camps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battlefield Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Also see . . .  Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on May 21, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Eve of Battle Marker<br>& Battle of Cedar Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
3. Eve of Battle Marker
& Battle of Cedar Creek Marker
The Union 19th Corps parade in review before Union headquarters at Belle Grove. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
4. The Union 19th Corps parade in review before Union headquarters at Belle Grove.
Sketch by James F. Taylor, an artist for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1864.
Close-up of image on marker
Jubal Early image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
5. Jubal Early
Though outnumbered. Lieutenant General Jubal Early eluded defeat throughout the 1864 summer campaign, until he encountered Sheridan's determination.
Close-up of photo on marker
Philip Sheridan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 13, 2018
6. Philip Sheridan
Major General Philip Sheridan knew that the war could only be won by tenaciously pursuing the Confederates and by depriving them of supplies.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 21, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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