On this day, October 19th 1864, these vast open fields were once littered with the bodies of soldiers slain in battle. Some were of those, The Confederates, were fighting to preserve their right to: Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness (Property). Others, The Union, who were simply trying to keep a fragile nation together and banish the peculiar institution of Slavery. The Battle of Cedar Creek was the last major battle in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and was shockingly a Union victory. This area was now secure and free from Confederate troops, and this battle also secured Abraham Lincoln's second term as President of the United States.
As I work here throughout the years it has always left me in awe when I look out my office window that this beautiful view once had seen ugly times. May we never forget those who fought and died here, and let not their notions go in vain, because this how this nation came to be. This is American History.