Join historian Bradley Forbush on a tour of Cedar Mountain. The battle, waged on August 9, 1862 lasted five hours. By the end of the day 3,800 men were killed or wounded in the shadow of Cedar Mountain — the deadliest day in Culpeper’s history.
We will hike the Battlefield Trail covering:
1. The Federal attack on Confederate Major General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson's troops, emphasizing Brigadier-General Samuel Crawford's flank attack in particular.
2. The plight of the 21st Virginia, 42nd Virginia and the 48th Virginia
3. The victory sealed by Culpeper’s native son, Major General A. P. Hill and the fate of Major General James Ewell Brown "JEB" Stuart's hat, which was won in a bet during a truce following the battle.
We will cover close to two miles of battlefield ground during this tour. You will stand where our men fought and died, and observe the witness trees that remain today.
Cedar Mountain was the only battle in which Stonewall Jackson ever drew his sword, it is also home to where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, performed her first field duty - the "Angel of the Battlefield" spent two days and nights on Cedar Mountain tending to the wounded, including Confederate prisoners.
The tour will begin and end at the Cedar Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center.
Please be prepared to traverse moderate ground coverings.