Battle of Cedar Creek

Battle of Cedar Creek (HM3D6)

Location: Middletown, VA 22645 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 1.127', W 78° 17.637'

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October 19, 1864. General Philip Sheridan defeated General Jubal Early here for the third time in 30 days. Sheridan's pursuit of Confederates from Fisher's Hill halted at Mount Crawford. On his return he encamped his three corps in this immediate area. Early followed the Federals, arriving at Fisher's Hill October 13. Scarcity of food and forage forced him to decide on attack or withdrawal. Early chose to take the offensive despite the odds. At 4:30 a.m. on the 19th, General J. B. Gordon began the Confederate attack. The sleeping Federals were completely surprised. By 10:30 a.m. Early had driven them beyond Middletown in rout. Sheridan was not with his troops when the battle began, but made a hasty ride from Winchester to reach the battlefield in the middle of the morning. Rallying his men, he repulsed a Confederate thrust and launched a smashing counterattack at 4:30 p.m. which drove the Confederates from the field in disorder. The Valley remained thereafter under Federal control.
HM NumberHM3D6
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
Year Placed1964
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 734277 N 4322345
Decimal Degrees39.01878333, -78.29395000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 1.127', W 78° 17.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 1' 7.62" N, 78° 17' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8214-8334 US-11, Middletown VA 22645, US
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