This eleven-sign project was done in cooperation with the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Suzanne Chilton, Executive Director. Colonel Joe Whitehorne was the project historian. The Cedar Creek Battlefield is one of the nation’s largest in terms of acreage with many property owners. This project was primarily designed as a means of assisting the CCBF in opening the XIX Corps trench lines for visitation to assist in the acquisition of the same.
Artist Keith Rocco’s Reverse the Trenches painting was done to depict the action on that front. Other signs were placed at the visitor’s center and around the battlefield. Many of these signs are hard to find and their placement is disappointing due to the lack of thematic continuity. The Heater House sign is one of the best of the lot. Two signs were placed where cattle have used them to scratch themselves another is placed so as to be visible only when the field is open for reenactments while a final one is pointed towards a hill which makes it somewhat hard to read. This site will give you the best look at all those signs although we recommend visiting the ones along the trench line. Michael Beard designed the signs and BGES members cost shared the project with CCBF who used grant money from several sources.
To see a sign in full size, click on the thumbnail image: