October 21, 2014

Union Left Flank, Cedar Creek Battlefield


We went to the dedication of a new Civil War Trails marker at Thorndale Farm near Middletown. Here Union Cavalry mounted a counterattack that was crucial in reversing Confederate successes that morning at Cedar Creek.

Last month we attended a program about Custer's Cavalry on the other flank of the Union Army. This program (on Sunday) was part the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. My friend Ranger Shannon told us about Gen. Wesley's Merritt's First Cavalry Division and their thundering cavalry charge. Also, the owner of Thorndale Farm spoke about the property and his part in documenting it's history.

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The lower right corner of the marker gives a brief history of the farmhouse and barn. The barn, built around 1870, "incorporates hand-hewn fire-damaged beams from an earlier structure on the stone foundation of an earlier barn."

You can see a picture of the Larrick-Nixon house in my August 16 post.

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Linking to: The Barn Collective

11 comments:

  1. Fascinating. All wars are awful, of course, but civil war, where brother is against brother etc - terrible. I believe the American Civil War still ranks as the costliest in US history, in terms of casualties; let's hope it stays that way.

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  2. It's always fascinating to come across these historically rich places. Love the barn. Such a beautiful view. Hopped over from The Barn Collective.

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  3. Nice to see history is rememberd that way

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  4. Awesome barn shot, thanks for sharing this Civil War spot. Have a happy day!

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  5. The more you show your area off, the more I want to see it for myself. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  6. Interesting history in your area. The barn is a nice one.

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  7. Your area is so full of history. I wish I could visit again one day. Thank you for linking up!

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  8. It's strange how peaceful the land is now... as compared to then.

    There was mention in the papers here about the 150th anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid on the 19th into Vermont by Confederate operatives.

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  9. beautiful barn, lots of history, most sad. great images.

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  10. So much history there. It's hard to imagine what all went on there.

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  11. love anything historical...just beautiful!

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