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Near Kelly's Ford in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Kelly’s Ford
 
Battle of Kelly's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. Battle of Kelly's Ford Marker
 
Inscription. At dawn on 17 March 1863, Brig. Gen. William W. Averell led 2,100 Union cavalrymen across the Rappahannock River at Kelly’s Ford. Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee with about 1,000 Confederate horsemen counterattacked northwest of here about noon. Noted Confederate artillerist Maj. John Pelham accompanied Lee’s men and fell mortally wounded while impetuously taking part in a charge. The battle ended in a draw, marking the first time Confederate cavalrymen had not defeated their Union opponents, resulting in new confidence for the Union cavalry. It foreshadowed another Union crossing at Kelly’s Ford during the much larger battle of 9 June 1863 at Brandy Station.
 
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-36.)
 
Location. 38° 28.222′ N, 77° 47.048′ W. Marker is near Kelly's Ford, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on Edwards Shop Road (County Route 620) south of Stones Mill Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16589 Edwards Shop Road, Remington VA 22734, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelly's Ford (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Kelly’s Ford (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. half a mile away); Major John Pelham, C.S.A. (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Chestnut Lawn" (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
Battle of Kelly's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. Battle of Kelly's Ford Marker
The Marker is in front of The Inn at Kelly's Ford, which can be seen in the background.
 
 
Initial Federal Advance Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
3. Initial Federal Advance
Looking across the grounds of the Kelly's Ford Inn from the intersection of CR 674 and 672. The initial Federal advance came up from the ford site (in the trees on the distant left) across the fields here.
 
 
Artillery Piece near Kelly's Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
4. Artillery Piece near Kelly's Ford Marker
The Inn at Kelly's Ford hosts this period piece on its property.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,638 times since then. Last updated on September 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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