2009 Summer

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

A crucial 1864 battle in the Shenandoah Valley will come to life when the Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery unit hosts a major reenactment of the battle of Cedar Creek on August 15 and 16 at 75-acre Three Rivers Park in Woodbury, in the Litchfield Hills.

This rare opportunity to see an important Southern battle reenacted in New England will include battle trenches, pyrotechnics and elaborate battle scenarios. A living history encampment will be part of the event. The realistic layouts for both Union and Confederate camps will feature formal tent streets set up by company.

Many premier suttlers, vendors of Civil War memorabilia, will be on hand with unusual goods for souvenir seekers as well as serious collectors.

This year marks the 145th anniversary of the battle of Cedar Creek, one of the final and most decisive in the Civil War. The desperate attack on Union forces by the depleted Confederate army, led by Lt. General Jubal Early, was initially successful, but Union forces fought back, effectively ending any southern threat to Washington DC and cutting off the economic support of the Shenandoah Valley. The event earned fame for the Union commander, Major General Philip Sheridan and was instrumental in aiding the reelection of Abraham Lincoln.

Many New York and New England troops took part in the battle for the Union army, including the 12th and 9th Connecticut units. More Vermonters took part in this battle than any other in the war, commemorated by a large wall-sized painting in the Cedar Creek Room on the second floor of the Vermont State House in Montpelier.

Among the participants were two future presidents, Rutherford Hayes and William McKinley and a future legend, George Armstrong Custer.

Woodbury, located in northwestern Connecticut, is easily accessible via I-84.Details on reenactment activities can be found at www.woodburybattle.com.