August 12th, 2012: Aftermath of Cedar Mountain
Posted on: 08/13/2012
The Battle of Cedar Mountain is often overlooked along with the period of the Civil War in which it took place. Early August of 1862 was the end of the period of relative quiet in between the end of the Peninsula Campaign and Second Manassas. There is some great documentation of this time period as we've seen in the past couple of days, and today we'll look at a photograph taken in the wake of Cedar Mountain with some fascinating details.
Above is a photo of downtown Culpeper near where Cedar Mountain took place. The picture looks plain enough but the caption given to it shows us why it's important.
The caption reads "Culpeper Court House, Va. Court house, with a group of Confederates captured at Cedar Mountain on balcony." The caption was applied to the image post war, so it's not entirely clear if they are Confederate POW's, but if they are it is a great document which shows what some Confederate soldiers would have looked like while in the field in the summer of 1862.
To the left of the photo is a group of soldiers out of focus and blurred. It's a shame this part of the image isn't visible, as it could have offered more valuable information about what was happening around Culpeper 150 years ago today.
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