Morton’s Ford Tour and Winter Encampment Symposium: Friends of Cedar Mountain

Tired of the snow and ice?

Looking forward the to the 1864/2014 Sesquicentennial season?

Well, the Friends of Cedar Mountain (FOCM) have announced several events guaranteed to provide a sesqui-fix:

8 February – Morton’s Ford

 On February 6, 1864, the Army of the Potomac Second Corps crossed the Rapidan River at Morton’s Ford in an effort to distract Confederate attention from a Federal effort on the Virginia Peninsula. This action lasted for about 36 hours and marked the largest military action between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia.

 On February 8, 2014, FOCMB will host a driving tour of the Morton’s Ford Battlefield. The tour, led by noted historian Clark B. “Bud” Hall, will travel to both sides of the ford and into entrenchments in Orange County. This event will take place rain or shine.

 The tour will begin and end at the FOCMB Headquarters on 9465 General Winder’s Road, on the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. and will last no more than four hours. A donation of $10.00 is requested. For advance registration and payment, see below:

 For a registration form, click HERE

22 March – The Army of the Potomac Winter Encampment

 Germanna Community College Technical Center, Culpeper, VA

 8:00 A.M. – 4 P.M.

 This one day symposium will focus on the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment. Scheduled to speak: Clark B “Bud” Hall, Angela Atkinson, Greg Mertz, Dr. Chris Stowe, Dr. Jim Davis, Eric Wittenberg. Symposium topics include: A Winter Encampment Overview, Intelligence during the Winter Encampment, the Overland Campaign Overview, The Relationship Between the Staffs of U.S. Grant and George Gordon Meade, Music During the Winter Encampment and The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid.

 For a registration form, click HERE

5 April – 2014 Park Day

 FCMB will participate in the Civil War Trust’s Park Day 2014. On that day, FCMB members, friends, supporters and persons interested in Civil War preservation will gather at the site of Culpeper’s historic Cedar Mountain battle, where Route 15 meets General Winder Lane just a few miles south of Culpeper.

Volunteers will be welcomed and work will commence at 9 a.m. performing cleanup and facelift improvements throughout the 154 acre site. Volunteers should bring gloves and reflective vests, if they have them. The Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield will provide water and light snacks.

 Advance registration will enhance duty assignments that match each volunteer’s interest and ability. It also helps planners prepare necessary supplies and equipment. Call Dale Duvall (540)547-2373 to volunteer or send an email cdaleduvall@msn.com.

The FOCM also list an “in real time” tour set for the 152nd anniversary of the battle, led by historian Greg Mertz, Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park,  on August 9, 2014.

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