Battle of Cedar Mountain

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Battle of Cedar Mountain
Slaughters Mountain
Cedar Run
Began:

August 9, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Culpeper County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Northern Virginia Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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II Corps, Army of Virginia

Left Wing, Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

Nathaniel Banks
Major General, USA

Thomas J. Jackson
Major General, CSA

Strength

8,030

16,868

Casualties

1,400

1,307

  

Maj. Gen. John Pope was placed in command of the newly constituted Army of Virginia on June 26. Gen. Robert E. Lee responded to Pope's dispositions by dispatching Maj. Gen. T.J. Jackson with 14,000 men to Gordonsville in July. Jackson was later reinforced by A.P. Hill's division. In early August, Pope marched his forces south into Culpeper County with the objective of capturing the rail junction at Gordonsville. On August 9, Jackson and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks's corps tangled at Cedar Mountain with the Federals gaining an early advantage. A Confederate counterattack led by A.P. Hill repulsed the Federals and won the day. Confederate general William Winder was killed. This battle shifted fighting in Virginia from the Peninsula to Northern Virginia, giving Lee the initiative. (NPS summary)

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