August 9, 1862In the summer of 1862 General John Pope formed the Federal Army of Virginia. While the elements of this new 63,000-man army were converging upon Culpeper, Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson saw that part of the Union army - 12,000 men led by Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks - had become isolated here beside Cedar Mountain. Jackson took the opportunity to attack. On the blistering hot afternoon of August 9 the armies clashed in a mismanaged battle, but in the end, Jackson's 24,000 soldiers prevailed. As the battle subsided in the twilight, Confederates learned that Pope's army had been reinforced by the arrival of troops under Gen. Irvin McDowell. Though Jackson had won the battle, he had little choice but to retreat. Soon Robert E. Lee's entire Confederate Army of Northern Virginia gathered at Clark's Mountain, visible in the distance to your right, to launch the campaign that ended in the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, where Jackson once again defeated Pope.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series|
|Placed By||Civil War Preservation Trust |
Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:58pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 755976 N 4254838|
|Decimal Degrees||38.40515000, -78.06855000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 24.309', W 78° 4.113'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 24' 18.54" N, 78° 4' 6.78" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 9521 State Rte 657, Rapidan VA 22733, US|
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