The Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Battle of Cedar Mountain (HM2DL)

Location: Rapidan, VA 22733 Culpeper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 24.309', W 78° 4.113'

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August 9, 1862

In the summer of 1862 General John Pope formed the Federal Army of Virginia. While the elements of this new 63,000-man army were converging upon Culpeper, Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson saw that part of the Union army - 12,000 men led by Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks - had become isolated here beside Cedar Mountain. Jackson took the opportunity to attack. On the blistering hot afternoon of August 9 the armies clashed in a mismanaged battle, but in the end, Jackson's 24,000 soldiers prevailed. As the battle subsided in the twilight, Confederates learned that Pope's army had been reinforced by the arrival of troops under Gen. Irvin McDowell. Though Jackson had won the battle, he had little choice but to retreat. Soon Robert E. Lee's entire Confederate Army of Northern Virginia gathered at Clark's Mountain, visible in the distance to your right, to launch the campaign that ended in the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, where Jackson once again defeated Pope.

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Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:58pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 755976 N 4254838
Decimal Degrees38.40515000, -78.06855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.309', W 78° 4.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 18.54" N, 78° 4' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9521 State Rte 657, Rapidan VA 22733, US
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