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Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Cedar Creek

 
 
Battle of Cedar Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
1. Battle of Cedar Creek Marker
Inscription. The breaking of this bridge in the evening of October 19, 1864 permitted Sheridan to retake most of the material captured in the morning by Early.
 
Erected 1927 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number A-21.)
 
Location. 38° 59.347′ N, 78° 22.441′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the Old Mill Restaurant on the south west side of Strasburg. Marker is in this post office area: Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Strasburg (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Signal Knob (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stonewall’s Surprise (approx. 0.7 miles away); This Fertile Land (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
 
Regarding Battle of Cedar Creek. The Cedar
Looking Back at the Old Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
2. Looking Back at the Old Mill
Creek battlefield is interpreted by several markers. See the Battle of Cedar Creek Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Cedar Creek Staff Ride. The bridge at Spangler's Mill is Stop 1A on the Center of Military History's staff ride of the Cedar Creek battlefield. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Cedar Creek Summary. The action here is detailed as phase 10 of the National Parks Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. The Old Mill Restaurant. (Submitted on November 11, 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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Modern Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
3. The Modern Bridge
To the right, downstream from the bridge and to the east, is the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. With hills and high ground to the west, including Fisher's Hill, this was a natural choke point constraining movement to and from the battlefield area.
The Creek image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
4. The Creek
Doesn't look like much, but for a traveler bound by the wagons of the day, this was a barrier. In the morning of October 19, 1864, two Confederate divisions passed this point moving north to engage Federal forces on the north side of Cedar Creek. Later in the day, Confederate wagons became tangled in the wooden bridge over the creek, blocking the avenue of retreat.
Spangler's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 29, 2007
5. Spangler's Mill
While other mills around the Shenandoah were destroyed in the fall of 1864 by Sheridan's forces to deprive the Confederates use of the milled grain, this mill survived. At the time Federal forces were using the mill to grind grains for their needs. During the battle, the ground around here was a casualty collection point for Confederate medical services.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,646 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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