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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Jackson Is With You!

Jackson Is With You!

Aug. 9th, 1862. Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks halts and positions his corps along a ridge near the foot of Cedar Mountain (also known as Slaughter’s Mountain). He deploys his cavalry under the command of French adventurer Alfred Duffie  whose troopers watch keenly in the sweltering heat as clouds of dust begin to rise from down the Culpeper Road. "Stonewall" Jackson's wing of the Confederate Army is approaching.

With a surprise attack by Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s brigade on the left flank of Duffie’s cavalry, the Battle of Cedar Mountain begins. For hours, men fall on both sides from heat stroke, minie balls, and artillery fire. The Union counterattacks with muskets and bayonet charges but makes little headway. An attack on the Confederate left by Union Gen. Samuel W. Crawford sees more success  until Gen. Thomas J. Jackson himself rides onto the battlefield.

With bullets whizzing all around and men fighting hand-to-hand to the death, Jackson skids to a halt, grabs a battle flag from one of his soldiers and lifts it above his head. When he tries to draw his sword, he finds it rusted into its scabbard. Unperturbed, he raises the blade, scabbard and all, and shouts, “Jackson is with you!” Jackson’s awe-inspiring stand buys valuable minutes while A.P. Hill’s division arrives on the scene and joins the fight, pushing the Union into retreat.

The close-run Confederate victory at Cedar Mountain robbed the Union army of momentum and left it drifting in hostile country. Later that August, Gen. Robert E. Lee seized the initiative and defeated the Union Army of Virginia, and elements of the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Gen. John Pope, at the Battle of Second Manassas. Cedar Mountain is considered to be one of the greatest of "Stonewall" Jackson's martial exploits.

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Victory at Cedar Mountain: 2017 Edition
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American Battlefield Trust