150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek


WHEREAS, the Civil War has left an indelible mark on our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the events surrounding the war and the war itself led to the ultimate abolition of slavery; and

WHEREAS, the fertile Shenandoah Valley, the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy,” witnessed repeated campaigns and battles for control over its resources and access to Washington, D.C., during the Civil War; and 

WHEREAS, the Confederate Army of the Valley, under the direction of Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early, initiated a surprise attack at Cedar Creek in the early morning of October 19, 1864, which pushed the unprepared Federal army back in defeat; and

WHEREAS, Major General Philip H. Sheridan’s bold ride from Winchester to the front near Middletown to rally the Army of the Shenandoah forever cemented his status in American history as an iconic American military general; and

WHEREAS, the Union Army of the Shenandoah launched a successful afternoon counterattack that marked the end of Confederate control in the Shenandoah Valley; and

WHEREAS, more than 8,000 Union and Confederate men were killed, wounded, or captured that day in the second bloodiest battle in the Shenandoah Valley; and

WHEREAS, the defeat of the Confederacy in the Shenandoah was a turning point that led to the preservation of our Union and thebeginning of the end of our nation’s bloodiest conflict; and

WHEREAS, 150 years later, Virginia recognizes the significance of the Battle of Cedar Creek in the outcome of the American Civil War;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 19, 2014, as the 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF CEDAR CREEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.