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Historical Archaeology And The Battle Of Cedar Creek

Author(s): Clarence Geier

Year: 2016

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Summary

On October 19, 1864 the massive Union encampment of General Philip Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah underwent a surprise attack by the Confederate Army of the Valley commanded by Gen. Jubal Early.  What was an initial Confederate success became an overwhelming Union victory which resulted in Union control of the agricultural wealth of the Shenandoah Valley through the remainder of the war.  Diverse projects in historical archaeology have been conducted across lands included in the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Frederick County, Virginia.   The cumulative result has been a significant understanding of the natural, cultural and military landscapes over which the October 19, 1864 battle was fought.  This paper summarizes that work and presents and overview of the findings.


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Historical Archaeology And The Battle Of Cedar Creek. Clarence Geier. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434893)


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Temporal Keywords
Civil War


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 140

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America