#78 Sudden Attack Cedar Creek, Virginia October 19, 1864


Cedar Creek, Va. Oct. 19, 1864

UNION TROOPS GO ON A RAMPAGE

Still trying to recuperate from recent defeats, General Early's Southern Army tried valiantly to defend itself from the savage Northern attack, today. Sheridan's Union forces were sure of victory as they confidently swept down on their enemies. Caught by surprise, the Rebel Army barely had time to reach their weapons before a rain of ammunition poured at their heads. Northern soldiers stormed directly into the stockade and fought the Confederates hand to hand. Unable to defend themselves, General Early told his men to retreat. Little did Early know that the Northern fighters had completely surrounded the stockade. The Northern victory at Cedar Creek brought a chilling realization to Jefferson Davis that the Confederacy was losing the war.