Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Moves North Again
Screening Lee's Infantry
—Gettysburg Campaign —
In May 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee proposed a second invasion of the North and Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved the plan. The Federal generals suspected Lee was up to something when Confederate cavalry massed in Culpeper County.
On June 9, Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, Union Gen. Joseph Hooker's cavalry chief, crossed the Rappahannock River and struck the cavalry corps of his counterpart, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station. Stuart fought to a draw, but the Federal cavalry gained confidence.
Lee, who begun marching his soldiers to the Shenandoah Valley, ordered Stuart to interpose his cavalrymen between the two armies to screen the movement as Pleasonton probed westward. This resulted in the battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville,
Erected 2007 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 58.521′ N, 77° 38.465′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is in the parking lot for the Aldie
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Aldie (here, next to this marker); Aldie Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercer’s Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snickersville Turnpike (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mother of Stonewall Jackson (approx. one mile away); President Monroe’s Home (approx. one mile away); A Revolutionary War Hero (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aldie.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gen. Alfred Pleasonton and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart in the center. An "Edwin Forbes drawing of cavalry fight near Aldie, June 1863," is on the upper right. A map details important sites related to the cavalry battles in Loudoun Valley.
Regarding Lee Moves North Again. This marker is duplicated at Upperville, VA
Also see . . .
1. Civil War in Loudoun Valley. The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, June 1863, a National Park Service/CRGIS report. (Submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails - Mosby Country: The Route 50 Corridor. (Submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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