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160th Battle Commemoration & Living History Event

  • August 06, 2022 - August 07, 2022
  • 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • $10 per car
  • Cedar Mountain Battlefield
    9465 General Winder Rd.
    Rapidan, VA 22733
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160th Battle Commemoration & Living History Event

2022 marks the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain. This year’s special event on August 6 and 7 will feature these exciting battle reenactments:

Saturday: At approximately 6:00 PM on August 9, 1862, three regiments of General Samuel Crawford’s Brigade attacked across a wheat field on the western side of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. They shattered the incomplete left flank of the Confederate battle line and routed most of the regiments present, pursuing them almost ½ mile and overrunning the Confederate artillery on Crittenden Lane, before being stopped by fresh Confederate troops including the 13th Virginia Infantry, who were raised in Culpeper. Our reenactment will portray the 28th NY Volunteer Infantry, which took 258 men into battle and lost over 200 of them, and the 150 men of the 1st VA Battalion who opposed them.

Attack of the 7th Ohio. At approximately 6:15 PM on August 9, 1862 four regiments of Ohio troops under General John W. Geary, advanced through a cornfield bordering the Orange-Culpeper Road, into the teeth of Confederate musket and artillery fire. The brigade was in two lines of two regiments each. On the right of the first line was the 7th OH Volunteer Infantry. The 7th OH took 309 men into battle that day and 191 would become casualties in the space of 30 minutes. Our reenactment will walk in the footsteps of the 7th OH as they take casualties, close ranks, and press on, and follow the advance of the 47th AL and 37th VA of Taliaferro’s brigade, supported by Confederate artillery that is present.

In addition, visitors will enjoy living history programs such as the following:

Participate in the combined arms demonstration (infantry and artillery) and  School of the Soldier. The School of the Soldier offers the opportunity to participate in basic drill and instruction; work with the infantry and learn how to handle a musket; learn how to march, drill and fight; and even serve on a gun crew.
Visit the military encampments to stroll amongst the Union and Confederate camps and learn about the life of a soldier. 
Check out the  hands on history tents, where children can explore  wartime artifacts such as shell fragments and bullets, investigate old maps and photographs of Cedar Mountain, try on Confederate and Union jackets and go inside a tent to check a soldier’s uniform and bedroll.
Tour the battlefield with a guide. Join one of our historian/guides for a walking tour of the battlefield.
A moving feature of the weekend is always Sunday’s Memorial Ceremony presented by Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield (FCMB). This ceremony recognizes the fallen at Cedar Mountain whose names have been submitted to the FCMB Ancestors Roll by their descendants.
More activities will be added; stay tuned!
Event fee for spectators: $10/car

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