Title -  Fording Rappahannock for Battle of Cedar Mountain  

 

Description -  Federal battery fording a tributary of the Rappahannock on the day of the battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia.  Maj. Gen. John Pope was placed in command of the newly constituted Army of Virginia on June 26.  Gen. Robert E. Lee responded to Pope's dispositions by dispatching Maj. Gen. T.J. Jackson with 14,000 men to Gordonsville in July. Jackson was later reinforced by A.P. Hill's division.  In early August, Pope marched his forces south into Culpeper County with the objective of capturing the rail junction at Gordonsville.  On August 9, Jackson and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks's corps tangled at Cedar Mountain with the Federals gaining an early advantage.  A Confederate counter-attack led by A.P. Hill repulsed the Federals and won the day.  Confederate general William Winder was killed. This battle shifted fighting in Virginia from the Peninsula to Northern Virginia, giving Lee the initiative.

 

Description Source -  Library of Congress

 

Year -  August 9, 1862

Union Soldiers Fording Rappahannock River for Battle

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