Black and white photograph of Stonewall Jackson.

The Battle of Cedar Mountain was the only recorded time in the Civil War that Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson drew his sword during battle. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Cedar Mountain Facts

August 9, 1862

Key facts about the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Slaughter’s Mountain
  • Battle of Cedar Run

Date and Location

  • August 9, 1862
  • Culpeper County, Virginia.

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of Virginia

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 12,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • 22,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 2,353 (314 killed, 1,445 wounded and 594 missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 1,338 (231 killed, and 1,107 wounded)

Result

  • Confederate victory

Significance

  • The Battle of Cedar Mountain was the opening salvo of the Northern Virginia Campaign.
  • Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, performed her first field duty at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.
  • The Battle of Cedar Mountain was the only recorded time in the Civil War that “Stonewall” Jackson drew his sword during battle.

Timeline of the Northern Virginia Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Northern Virginia Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Cedar Mountain Facts
  • Coverage August 9, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of cedar mountain, battle of slaughter's mountain, battle of cedar run, american civil war, nathaniel banks, stonewall jackson
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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