I am writing to you today to ask your support in helping to save two incredible tracts at the Cedar Creek battlefield. In all the years that we’ve been saving Civil War battlefield land in the Shenandoah Valley, I can scarcely think of two more important tracts worth your attention. Join us in saving more of the Cedar Creek battlefield.
–Jim Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust
12.5 Acres at Cedar Creek
Sacrifice of the 8th Vermont
This beautiful tract includes the location of the 8th Vermont Monument — one of only three monuments on the battlefield. It was here that the valiant 8th Vermont lost 108 men out of 159 engaged. The Vermont’s terrible loss provided the Union army more time to organize a defense against Jubal Early’s Confederate juggernaut.
64.5 Acres at Cedar Creek
This tract, also called Rienzi’s Knoll, is the location where Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan arrived on the battlefield late in the morning of October 19, 1864. Galloping more than 10 miles from Winchester, Virginia, Sheridan’s powerful presence steeled his broken army. The subsequent counterattack ordered by Sheridan would drive the Confederates from the field and secure his army a stunning victory and provide Lincoln with much needed good news for his reelection.