The Battle of Cedar Mountain

The Battle of Cedar Mountain (HM2DO)

Location: Rapidan, VA 22733 Culpeper County
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N 38° 24.369', W 78° 4.014'

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The Awkward Position of the 21st Virginia

Without the leadership of either Generals Jackson or Winder, subordinate officers formed their men along the edge of woodlines where the ground offered a better field of fire. The men of the 21st Virginia were positioned here just inside the woodline, facing across this field, but they did not face the enemy to their left. About 5:30 p.m. Federal infantry under Gen. C.C. Auger attacked Confederates along the Crittenden Lane. The 21st Virginia found themselves perfectly aligned to fire right down the Federal line as it advanced across their front. Together with the fire of Confederates along the Crittenden Lane and plunging artillery fire from the shelf of Cedar Mountain, Auger's men were in a cross-fire, and the blue lines fell back.

In only a moment, the fortunes of the 21st Virginia were reversed. While Auger's men retreated, Federal troops under Gen. Samuel Crawford exploited a gap in the Confederate line. As his men drove back the troops to the left-front of where you are standing, their advance allowed them to fired into the backs of the men in the 21st Virginia. The 21st Virginia was swept from the field and Jackson's battle line was in peril.

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Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 756117 N 4254954
Decimal Degrees38.40615000, -78.06690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.369', W 78° 4.014'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 22.14" N, 78° 4' 0.84" 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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