October 18, 2019

Commemorating the Battle of Cedar Creek

It is the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, so this post is related to that event. I'm using the Willy Nilly Friday format of showing a variety of images with numbered commentary.

1. Cavalry Re-enactors.
Black and White Weekend.
2. The Dinges Farm is at the point where Sheridan's famous ride ended and he rallied the Federal troops. It is just north of Middletown. There is a state historical marker along the Valley Pike near here.

3. Park Ranger Jeff Driscoll was the tour guide at the Driscoll Farm. Normally the farm is not open to the public so I was glad to get a chance to join this "History at Sunset" tour.

4. The farm is now owned by the Battlefield Trust and leased to a farmer. The Park Service had made arrangements to bring our group on the farm that evening. Ranger Jeff assured us that the farm animals were friendly.

Skywatch Friday.
5. There was a slight disadvantage to having a lecture around friendly animals. They were distracting! But after discussing Sheridan's ride, we left the pasture and walked up a hill to see where the battle resumed once the troops got reorganized.

6. If you don't know the story of this battle, the short version is that Jubal Early's Confederate Army made a surprise attack on a large Union camp near Middletown on October 19, 1864. The Federal soldiers were forced to retreat in disarray, and some were trying to reorganize while others were simply fleeing. General Phil Sheridan came galloping in and rallied the troops! His army retook their lost ground and chased the Confederates through Strasburg.

7. We hiked up to an overgrown stone wall on the battlefield. It may well be the wall that is mentioned in records of this part of the battle.

8. Today the area is pretty and peaceful. 

There are special events scheduled for this weekend to mark the anniversary of the battle.


  1. To me it is always interesting to try and figure out what happened long ago while you are on the ground looking at remnants from a era long ago.

  2. What an interesting place...makes you wonder if the farmer turns up artifacts (buckles, bullets) when he plows...but with big machines like tractors, he probably wouldn't see then anyway.

  3. ...you sure live in a wonderful historic area, the black and white is perfect! Thanks Linda for checking in, enjoy your weekend.

  4. Rendering the re-enactors in black and white is quite appropriate.

  5. Beautiful place, no blood, no pain.

  6. It’s great you got to join this special tour Linda, and I appreciate your sharing the info about this battle. I learned something new. It is really something to stand on the ground where historical events happened!

  7. my favorite today is the first one with the cavalry :)

  8. The Cavalry Re-enactors really look the part!

  9. So much history in that area. I like that last shot.


The View from Squirrel Ridge features thousands of views of the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding area. I post frequently so please visit often.

Your comments are appreciated. If you are responding to a post older than a few days, your comment will be held until we have a chance to approve it. Thanks for your patience!

Sorry, anonymous comments cannot be accepted because of the large number of spam comments that come in that way. Also, links that are ads will be deleted.