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Cedar Mountain, Virginia
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Scenario Description
Jackson faced Pope in early August and, on the 7th, saw the opportunity to strike Banks at Culpepper, Virginia, before the latter could be reinforced. Pope, however, ordered Banks to advance to Cedar Mountain, and the battle opened when Early’s and Taliaferro’s Confederate troops moved forward.
Hostile Union artillery on the ridge beyond the fields and Confederate guns were ordered into action. During the inconclusive artillery duel, Banks launched an all-out attack. Crawford’s men broke through a gap in the Confederate line and shattered the entire left flank. However, the support he looked for didn’t arrive, and his gallant advance halted.
The Union attack near the Crittenden House was also gaining ground until Jackson himself waded into the melee. Waving his sword and a battle flag, he rallied his troops. Jackson’s valor may have stemmed the Union advance, but A. P. Hill’s reinforcements won the day. His fresh troops moved forward all along the line and cleared the fields, forcing the Union back.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Scenario Date
August 9, 1862
Location
Cedar Mountain, Virginia
Battle Name
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Battle Narrative
The Battle of Cedar Mountain, also known as Slaughter's Mountain or Cedar Run, took place on August 9, 1862, in Culpeper County, Virginia, as part of the American Civil War. Union forces under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks attacked Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson near Cedar Mountain as the Confederates marched on Culpeper Court House to forestall a Union advance into central Virginia. After nearly being driven from the field in the early part of the battle, a Confederate counterattack broke the Union lines resulting in a Confederate victory. The battle was the first combat of the Northern Virginia campaign.
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