Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Northwest of this tablet, 800 yards, is the Belle Grove House in which died, October 20, 1864, of wounds received at Cedar Creek October 19, 1864, Maj.-Gen. Stephen Dodson Ramseur, C.S.A. A native of North Carolina, he resigned from the United States Army in 1861, and entering the Confederate Sates Army as a Lieutenant rose to rank of Major-General at the age of 27.
Erected 1919 by North Carolina Historical Commission and the North Carolina Division, U.D.C.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 39° 0.898′ N, 78° 18.07′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Belle Grove Road (County Route 727), on the right when traveling south on Valley Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown VA 22645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Cedar Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek Union Camps (approx. ¼ mile away); Battlefield Center (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. ¼ mile away); Cedar Creek The 8th Vermont Vol's (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. "Esse Quam Vider," the Latin inscription at the top of the tablet translates to, "To be rather than to appear."
The tablet is mounted at the base of a marble column.
Regarding Ramseur Monument. 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 Staff Ride. The monument is stop five in the Center of Military History staff ride of Cedar Creek Battlefield. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Stephen Dodson Ramseur. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. 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.)
1. Ramseur's Deathbed
Ramseur was known as a brave and gallant leader, always in the thick of the fight. Wounded on three other occasions, he'd always recovered. Only days earlier he had received word of the birth of his first child, a girl. Here at Cedar Creek, he had received a slight wound early in the day, and had two horses shot from from under him. While rallying his men during the final defensive stands around Middletown, he was shot through the lungs, a mortal wound.
As he lay dying of his wounds, Ramseur was visited and comforted by several of his West Point classmates, abet enemies on the day's battlefield. Among those in attendance were Generals George Armstrong Custer and Wesley Merritt along with Captain Henry DuPont.
— Submitted November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,912 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2009, by Caswell County Historical Association of Yanceyville, North Carolina. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.