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Near Kelly's Ford in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kelly's Ford

 
 
Kelly's Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2009
1. Kelly's Ford Marker
Inscription. At this site in 1863 the federal forces charged across the river to begin the Battle of Kelly's Ford & Brandy Station. Traces of the ford & John P. Kelly's toll, 1837 to 1862, may still be seen at this point.
 
Location. 38° 28.545′ N, 77° 46.722′ W. Marker is near Kelly's Ford, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker can be reached from Edwards Shop Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along the banks of the Rappahannock River in a small plot of ground held by the Civil War Preservation Trust. See commentary to see the best ways to visit this marker location. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Kelly’s Ford (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly’s Ford (approx. half a mile away); Major John Pelham, C.S.A. (approx. one mile away); "Chestnut Lawn" (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
Kelly's Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2009
2. Kelly's Ford Marker
Beside the marker are stones from the toll bridge that Kelly operated at this site. The bridge was destroyed in 1862 as the Confederates withdrew from Northern Virginia.

1. Access to the Site
There are two ways to access the site. For those who prefer to see more of the ground, park at the boat ramp at the modern Kelly's Ford bridge. A short trail along the Rappahannock River leads to the marker. Along the way are several earthwork remains dating to the Civil War.

Visitors may drive directly to the site by way of an unmarked gravel road that passes through the Kelly's Ford Inn property. Inquire at the Inn for more details.
    — Submitted August 2, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Kelly's Ford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2009
3. Kelly's Ford
Location of the ford.
Road Trace image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2009
4. Road Trace
The road met a fork just past the bridge/ford site. The trace of a road that ran south toward the Rapidan River, (Ely's and Germannia Fords) appears as a sunken cut beside the river bank. The other road ran northwest toward the Old Carolina Road, Brandy Station, and Culpeper.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,931 times since then and 91 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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