Club Meeting – Jan. 31st

John Christian, Executive Director of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation presented a fascinating talk on the Battle of Cedar Creek.  While not widely known, the Battle of Cedar Creek effectively ended the Confederacy’s use of the Shenandoah Valley, both as a route for invasion of the North and as source canada goose men’s expedition jacket 2015 of food and other supplies.

The battle took place on October 18, 1864 when Confederate forces under the command of Gen. Jubal Early attacked Union forces under Gen. Philip Sheridan’s command northeast of Strasburg.  The surprise Confederate attack nearly routed the Union Army before Gen. Sheridan made his famous “Sheridan’s Ride” from Winchester to rally his troops and drive the Southern army from the field.  The defeat was crushing to the Confederate cause and is widely canada goose snow mantra woman believed to have assured President Lincoln’s reelection several weeks after the battle.

Each year, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation stages a reenactment of the battle on its anniversary.