Eve of Battle

Eve of Battle (HM27NE)

Location: Middletown, VA 22645 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.828', W 78° 18.193'

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

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
HM NumberHM27NE
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 733491 N 4321768
Decimal Degrees39.01380000, -78.30321667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.828', W 78° 18.193'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 49.68" N, 78° 18' 11.58" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8594-8706 US-11, Middletown VA 22645, US
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