Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—1864 Valley Campaign —
Following Sigel’s defeat, and after months of on-and-off fighting, Grant placed Gen. Philip Sheridan in command of the Union army in the Valley. In the pre-dawn darkness of Oct. 19, 1864, Sheridan’s pickets were attacked here by Confederates from Gen. Jubal Early’s army as the Battle of Cedar Creek began. The Confederates were slowed by artillery fire from a Federal battery situated on the hill one-quarter mile northeast of here. Confederate artillery took position on the hills above the Stickley farm, west of the road. These guns sent shells across the creek into the Federal camps. When the Northerners retreated, the Confederate artillery and Gen. G.C. Wharton’s infantry division crossed the bridge and joined the battle raging north of the creek.
That same day, near dusk, a Union counterattack drove the Confederates back across Cedar Creek. While trying to cross the bridge, the last organized Confederate division under Gen. John Pegram was broken. The Southerners gathered what men they could land made a stand along
After the Battle of Cedar Creek, the Federals converted Daniel Stickley’s fine brick residence into a field hospital. Wounded from both armies were cared for by U.S. medical staff for weeks following the battle. It is said that the limbs from amputations were piled higher than the table on which the surgery was performed.
Most of the soldiers buried here were re-interred at the military cemeteries in Winchester soon after the war. The remains of John Helms of Atlanta, Georgia, still lie west of the house.
(Caption under picture) The Stickley Mills were among the last of some 100 mills burned by order of Gen. Philip Sheridan during the fall of 1864. Sheridan’s cavalry also torched more than 2,000 barns and destroyed an estimated 15,000 farm animals sin the region during the period known as The Burning. The remains of the mills are still visible west of the Pike.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Touch for map. In the median between the north and south bound lanes of US 11. Marker is in this post office area: Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Cedar Creek (here, next to this marker); Fort Bowman (here, next to this marker); Frederick County / Shenandoah County (approx. 0.2 miles away); 128th New York Volunteer Regiment (approx. half a mile away); Samuel Kercheval (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
Regarding Cedar Creek. The Cedar 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. National Parks Service Summary. (Submitted on September 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 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.)
3. Battle of Cedar Creek Preservation Efforts (Submitted on October 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Grave marker for John Helms. (Submitted on October 28, 2014, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,441 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on October 20, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on October 28, 2014, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on September 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.