Battle of Cedar Creek Facts

October 19, 1864

Cedar Creek Battle facts, including dates, location, casualties, leaders, who won, and more interesting facts you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

Portrait of Jubal A. Early

October 19, 1864, although still outnumbered by over 10,000 federal soldiers, Lieutenant General Jubal Early launched a surprise attack on Major General Philip Sheridan’s troops encamped at Cedar Creek. [Wikimedia Commons]


  • October 19, 1864


  • Frederick County, Virginia
  • Shenandoah County, Virginia
  • Warren County, Virginia


Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Shenandoah

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Valley

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 31,945

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 21,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 5,665 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 2,910 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)


  • Union victory

Timeline of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

These are the main battles and events of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 in order.