The Battle of Cedar Creek: Thousands to visit Middletown during re-enactments

John Davison, 67, of Cabin John, Maryland, stands alongside a cannon at Cedar Creek Battlefield in this photo taken during last year's encampment in October. The 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek will take place this weekend in Middletown. Rich Cooley/Daily

Thousands will participate in the 152nd anniversary of the Battle Of Cedar Creek Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

Stanley Hirschberg, president of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, said they expect the event to draw over 2,000 re-enactors at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown. They will re-enact battles and hold demonstrations each day. Gates will open at 9 a.m.

Hirschberg said the two-day event will include cannon and cavalry demonstrations, speakers from authors and historians, candlelight tours of the camps, night firing of the cannons, about 130 cavalry horses, concerts and the lighting of luminaries through Middletown to help the public understand how 19th century life was for Civil War soldiers in the camps and on the fields.

He added that about 5,000 community members typically turnout out for this event each day and expects the same this year as the weather will be ideal for the re-enactments.

In early October 1864, the Federal Army of the Shenandoah rested easy after defeating the Confederate Army of the Valley at Winchester on Sept. 19 and again at Fisher’s Hill on Sept. 22, but on the morning of Oct. 19, Lt. General Jubal Early of the Confederate Army launched an attack at Cedar Creek. The Federals has 32,000 soldiers, while the Confederates had 21,000 soldiers.

Hirschberg said the Federal Army won the Battle of Cedar Creek with a loss of 5,672 soldiers and the loss of 2,910 Confederate soldiers. The Federal victory ended Early’s career and assured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln.

Visit http://ccbf.us for a schedule of events.


If You Go
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Cedar Creek Battlefield
Tickets:  Ticket prices at the gate are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Children 6 and under are free.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com