(CEDAR RUN, SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN)
Jackson called the battle "Cedar Run" after the stream that cuts
across the battlefield. Some call it "Slaughter Mountain" after
the family that lived on the mountain (What an appropriate name!).
Most, however, call it Cedar Mountain, mainly to distinguish it
from the battle at Cedar Creek that occurred in 1864.
This is a ghost battlefield. We know its around there but
see it. Kirk, in his "Stonewall Jackson At Cedar Mountain" visited
it. Indeed, he has pictures of markers placed on the battlefield
(See page 229 of his book). But, beyond trespassing or knocking on
doors, we know of no easy way to get to the battlefield.
What there is to see, are a few forlorn signs on route 15 just across
Crooked Run (The signs are on the right, traveling North on Route
15 from Orange). Just past the signs, a road to the left (named
after General Winder) will take you to a fenced-in marker that
indicates the place that Jackson took out his sword for the only
time in the war. According to Kirk, the sword had rusted in its
scabbard, and Jackson had to use the scabbard, with the sword
inside, to rally the troops.
There's really not much to look at, but you can at least see
Cedar Mountain in all of its glory. However, as part of a
we wouldn't recommend it.
2000 Update - The State has placed an interpretive sign near the
Jackson marker that gives you an idea as to where you are on the
battlefield. This adds to the impression of the battlefield and
makes our "no recommendation" a "recommendation with conditions".
Civil War Photos
> Visiting Cedar Mountain