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Near Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Brandy Station

The Civil War in Culpeper County

 
 
The Battle of Brandy Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
1. The Battle of Brandy Station Marker
Inscription. On June 9, 1863, the Civil War visited the river fords, farmer's fields and rolling hills near Brandy Station. During the intense daylong fighting that swirled all around the little town, Confederate and Union horsemen clashed in the largest cavalry battle of the war. By nightfall, the Union cavalrymen had finally proved that they could match the legendary skills of the Southern horsemen. The Battle of Brandy Station failed to stop Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North that summer, though it did delay the onset of his march towards the climactic Battle of Gettysburg in early July.

Culpeper County saw a great deal of activity during the Civil War. In addition to the Battle of Cedar Mountain (August 9, 1862), the Union and Confederate armies passed through here many times in 1862 and 1863. In December 1863, the Federal Army of the Potomac established winter quarters in Culpeper County, not leaving until May 4, 1864.

The driving tour route displayed will take you to the most important sites connected with the Battle of Brandy Station. Outdoor exhibits like this one will provide information on the battle. There are also three exhibits that focus on the 1863-1864 winter encampment of the Union Army. A tour brochure with driving directions and some additional historic information is available from the Civil War Preservation Trust
Help Preserve Brandy Station image. Click for more information.
2. Help Preserve Brandy Station
Click here for details on CWPT's efforts.
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(call 1-888-606-1400), from the Brandy Station Foundation Visitors Center in Brandy Station or from the Museum of Culpeper History located at 803 South Main Street in Culpeper. (Take Route 29 south to the first Culpeper exit.)

Help Preserve Battlefields call CWPT at 1-888-606-1400 www.civilwar.org The Hallowell Foundation generously contributed toward the interpretation of this site in memory of Carrington Williams.
This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinion, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.
 
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 38° 31.979′ N, 77° 51.464′ W. Marker is near Brandy Station, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on Beverly Ford Road (County Route 676), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the parking lot trail stop for the Buford's Knoll 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.
Brandy Station Campaign image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
3. Brandy Station Campaign
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (about 300 feet away); The 1863-64 Winter Encampment (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The 1863-64 Winter Encampment (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brandy Station.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker are portraits of Gens. J.E.B. Stuart and Alfred Pleasonton. On the right is a map of the Brandy Station Driving Tour, "The Battle of Brandy Station, like most cavalry battles, took place over a large area. When following the driving tour route, please note that you have two options. The shorter route may take approximately two hours. the longer route is about 21 miles in length and will take about three hours to complete.
 
Regarding The Battle of Brandy Station. This is one
Trail Head for the Beverlys Ford Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
4. Trail Head for the Beverlys Ford Trail
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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Brandy Station and Winter Encampment Virtual Tour by Markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Brandy Station. National Park Service guide to the battle, including a driving tour. (Submitted on December 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

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. (Submitted on December 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Brandy Station. Civil War Preservation Trust classroom article on the battle. (Submitted on December 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

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. (Submitted on January 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of Brandy Station<br>Buford's Knoll Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
5. Battle of Brandy Station
Buford's Knoll Walking Trail
Trailhead sign next to marker reads:

Welcome to the Civil War Preservation Trust's Brandy Station Battlefield! The battlefield walking trail is a two-mile path that takes you past four wayside signs interpreting the 1863 fighting on Beverly Ford Road and at Buford's Knoll. Allow two hours to walk the trail.

The trail has a mown walking surface; please do not stray from this trail. Beware of ticks and snakes that thrive in the fields surrounding the trail.

Most importantly, please enjoy your time in these beautiful fields and reflect that this experience would have been significantly different if this land had been paved over to build a shopping mall or subdivision. To help CWPT preserve other battlefields like Brandy Station, please call 1-888-606-1400.
Buford's Knoll Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
6. Buford's Knoll Walking Trail
Not noted on the map, to reach the last two wayside stops (and interpretive markers) the visitor must cross a bridge at about the 3/4 mile mark.
 
 
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