The Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Battle of Cedar Mountain (HM2DN)

Location: Rapidan, VA 22733 Culpeper County
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N 38° 24.338', W 78° 4.069'

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The Artillery Duel

The road to Culpeper ran on the other side of the fence to your right. A line of Confederate cannon angled from this point back to the Crittenden farm lane, currently the paved road along the edge of the field to your right. A second grouping of guns was posted on the shelf of Cedar Mountain and more artillery pieces clustered on a small knoll mid-way between here and the shelf. About 3:30 p.m., a duel erupted with Federal gunners about 2/3 mile away across the field. The barrage continued for nearly two hours. As the cannon roared, more and more gray-clad infantry arrived upon the field, but Jackson and his subordinate Gen. Charles Winder showed more interest in assisting the cannoneers than positioning the rest of the army for battle. While shouting instructions to artillery private Edward A. Moore, Winder was mortally wounded when "a shell passed through his side and arm, tearing them fearfully." Gen. William B. Taliaferro, who succeeded Winder, did not like the placement of the troops he now commanded. Before he could correct the deficiencies in his line, the Federals attacked.

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HM NumberHM2DN
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 756039 N 4254894
Decimal Degrees38.40563333, -78.06781667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.338', W 78° 4.069'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 20.28" N, 78° 4' 4.14" 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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