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CEDAR MOUNTAIN
(CEDAR RUN, SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN)


1998 Cedar Mountain (A)




  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 we couldn't 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.

Road Signs (A)


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 battlefield tour,
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".
 



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