Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek
"Owing to its convenience to the valley highway and its adaptability for a headquarters, Belle Grove House was seldom without a military tenant nor its grounds without an army. Dead to sentiment, ruthless war had already made a waste of these ornate grounds in which its warrior lord had once taken such pride." (James E. Taylor, An Artist with Sheridan Up the Shenandoah in 1864) Belle Grove was most noteably used as a headquarters by Union General Phillip Sheridan during the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1864 and was at the very center of the pivotal Battle of Cedar Creek. After a surprise attack by Confederate General Jubal Early in the early hours of October 19, 1864, General Sheridan quickly regained the territory, securing the Valley for the Union and boosting President Abraham Lincoln's chances for re-election.
BELLE GROVE REMEMBERS
Civil War Commemoration & Living History Weekend
Belle Grove Plantation typically commemorates the annivesary of the Battle of Cedar Creek on the third weekend in October each year. In 2016 it will be October 15 & 16.
October 19, 2014 marked the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove worked with the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park to commemorate this significant anniversary. You may view a photo album of the events here. There are also two publications "Belle Grove Plantation in the Civil War" and "The Hite Family in the Civil War" that are on sale in the Museum Shop and here.
More Shenandoah Valley in the Civil War Links:
Civil War Sites In The Valley
Virginia Civil War Sites Index
Cedar Creek Battlefield Self-Guided Tour
Hupp's Hill Civil War Park
Virginia Museum of the Civil War/New Market Battlefield State Historic Park
Kernstown Battlefield Association