Guest speaker: Eric Campbell, Chief of Interpretation at Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. Eric’s topic will be “Cedar Creek: Critical Points.”
The Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864) was not only one of the most critical engagements fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the war, but also the most controversial. This program will examine the four most critical points involving the planning and execution of the battle. These include: Gen. Early’s decision to attack, the Confederate attack plan, the “Fatal Halt” and Sheridan’s Ride. By examining these pivotal decisions and moments, it will be clear why Confederate Gen. John Gordon later wrote, “No battle of the entire war…has provoked such…prolonged controversy as this remarkable engagement between Sheridan and Early at Cedar Creek.”
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