The†Battle of Cedar Creek, or†Battle of Belle Grove, fought October 19, 1864
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The†Battle of Cedar Creek, or†Battle of Belle Grove, fought October 19, 1864, was the culminating battle of the†Valley Campaigns of 1864†during theAmerican Civil War.†Confederate†Lt. Gen.†Jubal Early†launched a surprise attack against the encamped army of†Union†Maj. Gen.†Philip Sheridan, acrossCedar Creek, northeast of†Strasburg, Virginia. During the morning fighting, seven Union infantry divisions were forced to fall back and lost numerous prisoners and cannons. Early failed to continue his attack north of†Middletown, and Sheridan, dramatically riding to the battlefield from†Winchester, was able to rally his troops to hold a new defensive line. A Union counterattack that afternoon routed Early's army.
At the conclusion of this battle, the final Confederate invasion of the North was effectively ended. The Confederacy was never again able to threatenWashington, D.C.†through the†Shenandoah Valley, nor protect one of its key economic bases in Virginia. The stunning Union victory aided the reelection ofAbraham Lincoln†and won Sheridan lasting fame. more
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