Near Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Brandy Station
Confederate Line of Defense at St. James Church
Six months earlier, on June 9, 1863, the woods, meadows, and country roads here saw major fighting during the Battle of Brandy Station. By 8 a.m. on that date, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart had formed a solid defensive line along the St. James Road, facing north.
On the narrow plateau to your right, he positioned 16 pieces of artillery, covering both the field in front of you and the Beverly Ford Road. Aligned along the St. James Road and Green's Mill Road, on your left, was Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones' brigade of Virginia horsemen. In the distant right, Gen. Wade Hampton's brigade of North and South Carolinians, Georgians, and Mississippians held the line towards the Rappahannock.
Some of the cavalry fought mounted, some dismounted with carbines and pistols, and others dispersed as skirmishers. Stuart's 5,000-man force was evenly matched by Brig. Gen. John Buford's Federals. Fighting along this line - sometimes intense with dramatic charges, sometimes sporadic - consumed the morning of June 9, 1863.
In the early afternoon, the Federals seized
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Location. 38° 31.516′ N, 77° 52.044′ W. Marker is near Brandy Station, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of St. James Church Road (Route 676) and Beverly Ford Road (Route 677), on the right when traveling west on St. James Church Road. Click for map. Located at the fourth trail stop for the St. James Church Walking Trail of the the Battle of Brandy Station. Marker is in this post office area: Brandy Station VA 22714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. James Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1863-64 Winter Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The 1863-64 Winter Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brandy Station.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a map depicting the action at this phase of the battle. Portraits of Gens. "Grumble" Jones, Buford, and Hampton bracket the text on the remainder of the marker.
Regarding The Battle of Brandy Station. This is one of several markers interpreting the Battle of Brandy Station and the winter encampments of 1863-64 in Culpeper County. See the Battle of Brandy Station Virtual Tour by Markers linked below for additional related markers.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Brandy Station. National Park Service guide to the battle, including a driving tour.
2. Brandy Station Foundation. Through the efforts of the Brandy Station Foundation, Civil War Preservation Trust, and other organizations, over 960 acres of this battlefield have been preserved.
3. Brandy Station. Civil War Preservation Trust classroom article on the battle.
4. Battle of Brandy Station Virtual Tour by Markers. A set markers that document the Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, and the Winter Encampment of 1863-64. Note the order of appearance is geographic and not chronologically aligned to the battle.
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