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

Union Camps

 
 
Union Camps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, December 26, 2015
1. Union Camps Marker
Inscription. Federal wagons and teams were in camp, close to and along the pike, while the shelter tents of the soldiers were arranged close to the earthworks themselves. By 8 A.M. on 19 October 1864, the area was filled with withdrawing units and individuals, while others remained in line to make last-ditch stands. Federal points of resistance formed around Belle Grove and on the high ground to the west where XIX U.S. Corps formed briefly around Captain Elijah D. Taft's 5th Battery, New York Light Artillery, before retreating again to the northwest across Meadow Brook. These troops then joined the VI U.S. Corps in a final line. An eyewitness reported, "Over the space of a mile square the fields, long since stripped of their fence rails, were dotted with wagons, ambulances, pack mules, army followers and stray soldiers, none of them hurrying, but all aiming at the direct safest route to Winchester."

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Belle Grove, Middletown, Virginia, as seen from Signal Knob, Gordon's view before the battle.

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of the Blue and Gray Education Society in memory of
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Union Camps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2014
2. Union Camps Marker
Society, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 1.002′ N, 78° 17.836′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11) north of Belle Grove Road (Virginia Route 727), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battlefield Center (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Cedar Creek (a few steps from this marker); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. mile away); Heater House (approx. mile away); Ramseur Monument (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Also see . . .  Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. (Submitted on January 3, 2016.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Belle Grove, Middletown Virginia<br>as seen from Signal Knob, Gordon's view before the battle. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2014
3. Belle Grove, Middletown Virginia
as seen from Signal Knob, Gordon's view before the battle.
Close-up of photo on marker
Cedar Creek Battlefield Fountation Visitor Center Sign image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, December 26, 2015
4. Cedar Creek Battlefield Fountation Visitor Center Sign
Battle of Cedar Creek<br>Middletown, Virginia,<br>1864 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2014
5. Battle of Cedar Creek
Middletown, Virginia,
1864
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 2, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 2, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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