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It’s sesquicentennial weekend at Cedar Mountain battlefield

The old Orange-Culpeper Road, scene of fierce fighting during the Battle of Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862, is now a walking trail for visitors to the battlefield. The mountain is in the distance. (CIVIL WAR TRUST)

Saturday through Sunday, Aug. 12, there’s lots going on at Culpeper County’s quiet, beautiful Cedar Mountain for the Civil War battle’s 150th anniversary.

Living history programs and artillery demonstrations with Carpenter’s Battery, CSA; Thompson’s Independent Battery “C,” Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery; and the 23rd Virginia Infantry continue. These experienced units have appeared in the films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” and on the Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields. Sponsored by the nonprofit, tax-deductible Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Inc.

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In Culpeper County, look for Cedar Mountain Battlefield sign at James Madison Highway (U.S. 15) and General Winder Road (State Route 657). Drive 0.2 mile on Route 657 to the parking area.


The Civil War Trust is campaigning to preserve 6 pivotal acres at Crittenden’s Gate, comparing them to “What Henry Hill is to First Manassas or The Angle is to Spotsylvania Court House.”

The site is where Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was nearly killed or captured and Confederate Gen. Charles S. Winder was mortally wounded while commanding an artillery battery.