A Student of History

February 2, 2007

Preservation at Cedar Creek

Filed under: Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 9:18 pm

This is a recent press release from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, so I am copying it verbatim below:  

Today the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation announced that, through the donation of a conservation easement, the Powers family of Winchester has protected an additional 33 acres on the Cedar Creek battlefield. The parcel lies along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Warren
County, just downstream from the confluence of the river and Cedar Creek. The property will continue in its current agricultural use.  With the donation, the Battlefields Foundation has preserved 304 acres in the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical
Park. Of the nearly 3,500 acres within the park, almost 1,200 have been protected by private landowners, local government, and private conservation organizations.

The rest of the announcement is here.

The battle of Cedar Creek dealt the crushing blow to the Confederacy in the Shenandoah Valley and, together with William T. Sherman’s successes in the Atlanta Campaign, spurred the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln. The battle can be ranked in size and intensity with the battle of Opequon (Third Winchester) and both are included among the major battles of the Civil War. The Confederate surprise attack at Cedar Creek is considered one of the most daring and successful maneuvers of its kind and is studied by military theorists today. It was a feat “unduplicated” during the Civil War. General Sheridan’s arrival on the field of battle to rally his broken troops passed into American verse and folklore as “Sheridan’s Ride,” and offers a dramatic example of the effect of charismatic leadership. Rarely have the scales of victory and disaster swung to such extremes during battle: the morning’s brilliant Confederate success was transformed into a Union victory by day’s end.

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