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Culpeper commemorates 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Battle of Cedar Mountain 150th Anniversary Activities

Friday, August 3

5:00 –7:00 p.m. “World Premiere Reception” at the Daniel Technology Center, 18121 Technology Drive, Culpeper with celebrity guests. This event includes music, wine, and food. Price $95.00 which includes attendance at 'Marching Through Culpeper' with option to attend that evening or other performances. For more information, go to: www.marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com or call: 540-825-5549.

7:30 p.m. Multimedia Premiere Performance of Marching Through Culpeper at Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, (priority seating and intermission dessert buffet in the forum for attendees of the “World Premiere Reception”). Advance tickets — Adults: $18, under age-18: $9. At the door — Adults: $20 and under age-18: $10. No credit cards. Profits to benefit battlefield preservation. More information is at: www.marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com or call: 540-825-5549.

Saturday, August 4

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Walking Tour of historic downtown Culpeper to include locations in the book and stage production conducted by author, Virginia Morton. The tours will begin at the Depot Visitor Center, 111 Commerce Street, Culpeper. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for under age-18. Reservations are recommended. Write to: vamorton@comcast.net or call: 540-825-9147. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. www.friendsofcedarmountain.org.

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tours at Salubria. Sponsored by the Germanna Foundation, living historians will encamp and establish headquarters at the foundation’s 18th century manor Salubria. Presented as part of Culpeper County’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain, the living history will feature encampments of the 1st District of Columbia Volunteers (USA), and the 1st and 14th Tennessee Volunteers (CSA), three regiments which played critical roles in the fierce and bloody Battle of Cedar Mountain on August 9, 1862. These soldiers will conduct firing, company drill and skirmish demonstrations for visitors, who will be welcome in the Confederate camp and Federal headquarters to learn more about the regiments’ activities. Civilians in period attire will conduct tours of the mansion, and discuss the historically authentic restoration methods used to repair the damage Salubria received during the August, 2011 earthquake. Admission to the living history is free of charge. Donations of $10 for the special house tours held at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Gratefully accepted. Contact www.germanna.org or 540-423-1700.

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon with Dr. James Robertson at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford. Plan to spend the entire afternoon at the historic and scenic Inn at Kelly’s Ford, 16589 Edwards Shop Road in Remington. See www.innatkellysford.com. Luncheon activities begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Kelly’s Ford Arena with a barbeque buffet. Afterwards esteemed scholar and retired Virginia Tech history professor, Dr. James Robertson, will speak on the conflict between A. P. Hill and Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Dr. Robertson will sign his newest book The Untold Civil War. Other activities include a cavalry demonstration, artillery demonstration, and hayride tours of Kelly’s Ford, the heaviest-used ford of the Civil War. Silent auction items will be offered for sale to benefit the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Tickets are $40, casual attire. For this event, go to www.friendsofcedarmountain.org or call: 540-825-5549 before 8 p.m.

7:30 p.m. Second multimedia performance of Marching Through Culpeper—a story of love across the battle lines based on the popular historical novel of the same name. Eastern View High School.

Sunday, August 5

2:30 p.m. Third multimedia performance of Marching Through Culpeper at Eastern View High School.

Thursday, August 9

"Battle of Cedar Mountain Symposium," Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper from 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Program includes study of the campaign, armies, battle, comparison of commands and the soldiers will be addressed by renowned authorities.

The Army of Virginia – Todd Berkoff, historian and lecturer

"Old Jack's" Veteran Command at Cedar Mountain – Clark B. “Bud” Hall

The Battle of Cedar Mountain – Greg Mertz, Supervisory Historian, National Park Service, FRSNMP

ONE Regiment’s Story, The 10th Maine – Nicholas Picerno, historian and lecturer

The Stonewall Brigade – Jeffry Wert, author, lecturer and educator

Battlefield Preservation – Tanya Gossett, Preservation & Compliance Coordinator, American Battlefield Protection Program, NPS

Ticket price includes catered lunch. $45 for adults, $15 under age 21, 12 and under free. Contact Lon Lacey at lmml@comcast.net or 540-547-9904

6:30 p.m. - Dusk: “An Evening on the Cedar Mountain Battlefield includes walking tours led by National Military Parks historian Greg Mertz, lectures, living history, artillery and infantry demonstrations and the Civil War Brass Band. Attendees will have the opportunity to honor their ancestors on both sides by name. Bring lawn chairs. Period clothing welcomed. $10 per vehicle parking fee. Contact Lon Lacey at lmml@comcast.net or 540-547-9904 or info@friendsofcedarmountain.org

Friday, August 10

An encampment with living historians will be on the Cedar Mountain Battlefield throughout the day. Visitors welcome.

7:30 p.m. Fourth multimedia performance of Marching Through Culpeper at Eastern View High School.

Saturday, August 11

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Living History Walking Tour in downtown Culpeper,. $10 – sponsored by the Museum of Culpeper History, 803 S. Main Street, Culpeper, 540-829-1749. Contact: www.culpepermuseum.com or call: 540-825-5549.

10 a.m. Two hour Kelly's Ford and Stevensburg Tour departs from the Graffiti House at Brandy Station. Tour covers the June 9, 1863 Union river-crossing at Kelly's Ford, and then follows the route of the Union cavalry commanded by Col. Alfred Duffie to Stevensburg where Capt. William Farley, JEB Stuart's volunteer scout, was mortally wounded. $10. This event sponsored by the Brandy Station Foundation. The historic Graffiti House will be open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

7:30 p.m. Fifth multimedia performance of Marching Through Culpeper at Eastern View High School.

Sunday, August 12

2:30 p.m. Sixth and closing multimedia performance of Marching Through Culpeper at Eastern View High School.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain

The year is 1862. The Confederate Armies had successfully blocked General McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in battles around Richmond in July 1862. McClellan was withdrawing his battered divisions from that area, while General Pope was driving his Union Army south along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Crawford and Bank's advance divisions had already secured the town of Culpeper, unaware that Stonewall Jackson was bringing his army of 24,000 (three divisions under A.P. Hill, Winder and Ewell) north from Gordonsville to halt Pope's advance.

On August 9, 1862, the two opposing armies clashed six miles south of Culpeper in an area known as Cedar Mountain, along the banks of a little stream called Cedar Run. Here, the only recorded time in the war, Jackson drew his sword. The Confederate Army was victorious. On the morning of August 11, the Federal Troops under a flag of truce requested permission to treat their wounded and bury their dead. That night, under the cover of darkness, Jackson withdrew across the Rapidan and Robinson Rivers.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain was over. Nineteen days later, Jackson defeated Pope's army at the second Battle of Manassas. For more information on the Battle of Cedar Mountain, visit www.friendsofcedarmountain.org. Directions to Battlefield from Culpeper - Route 15 South, 5.5 miles. Turn right on Route 691/General Winder Road.
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