The Civil War, Day by Day

Raise the Colors and Follow Me (detail)

The Battle of Cedar Mountain

Although the engagement was initially hindered by disorganization on both sides, it ended in an eleventh-hour Confederate victory under Jackson’s powerful leadership.

Jackson had positioned his men for an upcoming attack on General John Pope’s Union Army of Virginia. Ever secretive about his strategy, Jackson experimented with different positions until his generals were confused and annoyed. Perceiving no imminent threat to his army, Jackson fell asleep on a nearby porch.

Meanwhile, Pope sent Banks an ambiguous note which Banks interpreted as an order to attack Jackson. He engaged Jackson’s men in an artillery duel. Although the Confederates outnumbered Banks’ troops three-to-one, the Union soldiers managed to outflank the rebels - until Jackson awoke. Running from the porch and jumping onto his horse, Jackson shouted in encouragement, “Rally, brave men, and press forward!”

With the help of reinforcements from A.P. Hill, Jackson pursued Banks throughout the night. The Second Bull Run Campaign would continue until September 1, when Jackson sent Pope retreating toward Washington, D.C.

Mort Künstler painted this dramatic battle scene, a detail from Raise the Colors and Follow Me! which typifies the fighting that took place at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.

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All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2019. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.