The mission of the San Francisco Civil War Round Table (SFCWRT) is to
promote a positive learning environment for those interested in the Civil War.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month, except for July and
August, at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco.
The usual meeting schedule is:
6:00pm no-host cocktailsPre-paid reservations are required for dinner.
Click here for details of our next meeting.
Search this site:
The Battle of Cedar Creek, or Battle of Belle Grove, fought October 19, 1864, was
the culminating battle of the Valley Campaigns of 1864 during the American Civil
War. Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early launched a surprise attack against the
encamped army of Union Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, across Cedar Creek, northeast
of Strasburg, Virginia. During the morning fighting, seven Union infantry divisions
were forced to fall back and lost numerous prisoners and cannon. Early failed to
continue his attack north of Middletown, and Sheridan, dramatically riding to the
battlefield from Winchester, was able to rally his troops to hold a new defensive line.
A Union counterattack that afternoon routed Early's army.
At the conclusion of this battle, the final Confederate invasion of the North was
effectively ended. The Confederacy was never again able to threaten Washington,
D.C. through the Shenandoah Valley, nor protect one of its key economic bases in
Virginia. The stunning Union victory aided the reelection of Abraham Lincoln and
won Sheridan lasting fame.