The Carnage Was Fearful: The Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862


By Michael Block

This was a featured title for one of our Book Talks in 2022!
Civil War history typically breezes by the battle of Cedar Mountain, but this stand-alone battle had major implications. Most importantly, it halted a Federal advance into central Virginia and provided the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, Gen. Robert E. Lee, an opportunity to take the fight away from Richmond and toward Washington.
For years, Michael Block has been deeply involved in developing interpretations for the Cedar Mountain battlefield. The Carnage was Fearful presents the battle with the full boots-on-the-ground insight Block has earned while walking the ground and bringing its story to life.


Paperback: 192 Pages
Publisher: Savas Beatie
Part of Series: Emerging Civil War

A life-long student of the Civil War, Michael Block moved to Fauquier County, Virginia, in 2004 and developed a deep appreciation of the war’s impact on Culpeper County. As a public historian, he gives battlefield tours and lectures, focusing on the stirring wartime events in Culpeper, including at Cedar Mountain. Retiring from the United States Air Force in 2001, he continues supporting the U. S. Government as a consultant. Mike is the vice president of the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.