Why Save Cedar Mountain Battlefield?
• The Battlefield landscape has many
values – Civil War battlefield, cropland and grazing
land, wildlife habitat, stream corridor and open space –
to the people of Culpeper County, Virginia, and the whole of the
United States (visitors come from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania,
Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere to walk the battlefield
and pay homage to the men who fought there!).
• Historical Significance --
The Battle of Cedar Mountain is considered by many historians
as the opening salvo in the Second Manassas campaign that culminated
in the Battle of Antietam. It was the bloodiest day in Culpeper
County history, with over 3,000 killed and wounded on both sides.
• Economic Sense -- According
to a recent survey by the Civil War Preservation Trust, saving
battlefields makes sound economic sense. Tourists pay for services
in the community, which translates into more jobs, higher income
for residents, and additional tax revenues for local governments.
Battlefield preservation can pay dividends, but to do so, those
battlefields must be interpreted and promoted. Much more needs
to be done to promote and interpret the Cedar Mountain Battlefield,
and that is one of FCMB’s major goals.
• Wildlife Habitat & Open Space
-- The Battlefield has tremendous modern values as wildlife
habitat and open space. We plan to develop a wildlife viewing
trail, and hope to add the Park to Virginia’s Birding
& Wildlife Trail. We are aware of the substantial economic
contribution that birdwatchers and wildlife viewers can make to
local economies, and hope to cultivate that potential in Culpeper
“By this time
the road was full of Yankees, and there was such a fight as was
not witnessed during the war; guns, bayonets, swords, pistols,
fence rails, rocks, etc., were used all along the line. I have
heard of a "hell spot" in some battles, this surely
– John H. Worsham, 21st Regiment Virginia Infantry,
Second Brigade, Jackson's Division, Second Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia, at Battle of Cedar Mountain