Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek
Owing to its convenience to the valley highway and its adaptability for a headquarters, Belle Grove House was seldom without a military tenant nor its grounds without an army. Dead to sentiment, ruthless war had already made a waste of these ornate grounds in which its warrior lord had once taken such pride." (James E. Taylor, An Artist with Sheridan Up the Shenandoah in 1864) Belle Grove was most noteably used as a headquarters by Union General Phillip Sheridan during the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1864 and was at the very center of the pivotal Battle of Cedar Creek. After a surprise attack by Confederate General Jubal Early in the early hours of October 19, 1864, General Sheridan quickly regained the territory, securing the Valley for the Union and boosting President Abraham Lincoln's chances for re-election.
BELLE GROVE REMEMBERS
Civil War Commemoration & Living History Weekend
October 17 - 20
A pivotal moment in the history of both Belle Grove and our nation will be commemorated in 2014 at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek. Events will take place throughout Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historical Park by Belle Grove Plantation, the National Park Service, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, and Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. Click here for a calendar of events.
Additional Shenandoah Valley in the Civil War Links
Civil War Sites In The Valley
Virginia Civil War Sites Index
Cedar Creek Battlefield Self-Guided Tour
Hupp's Hill Civil War Park
Virginia Museum of the Civil War/New Market Battlefield State Historic Park
Kernstown Battlefield Association