Cedar Creek, VA

Gen. Sheridan at the Battle of Cedar Creek

[Sheridan at Cedar Creek - Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): October 19, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Cedar Creek Battlefield, Virginia, United States

Campaign(s): Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign [August-December 1864]

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union:  Maj. Gen. Horatio Wright and Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan

  • Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early

Principal Forces:

  • Union: VIII and XIX Army Corps [31,945]

  • Confederate: Army of the Valley [21,000]

Map: Cedar Creek Animated Map - CWPT


  • At dawn, October 19, 1864, the Confederate Army of the Valley under Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early surprised the Federal army at Cedar Creek and routed the VIII and XIX Army Corps. 

  • Commander Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan arrived from Winchester to rally his troops, and, in the afternoon, launched a crushing counterattack, which recovered the battlefield.

  • Sheridan’s victory at Cedar Creek broke the back of the Confederate army in the Shenandoah Valley.

Photo Gallery:2


Slide Presentations3:

Classification4: A


  • Union: 5,665

  • Confederate: 2,910

Results: Union Victory Miniature Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of civil-war-journeys.org."

3 Slide Presentations Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

4 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

5 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 12/16/2016