Near Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Duffie was ordered to reconnoiter Stevensburg and Germanna Plank Road (now Route 3) for evidence of Confederate Infantry. He was then to join the other Union columns at Brandy Station, five miles away, before a joint advance of the Confederate Cavalry reported to be at Culpeper Court House.
In attempting to cross Hansborough Ridge, the Federals were confronted by 200 troops of the 2nd South Carolina Cavalry under Col. Mathew C. Butler. Duffie hesitated. Finally, the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry charged, whether they simply lost patience or were ordered forward is unclear. They hurled themselves down the road and smashed into Butler's thin line of men, most of whom fought dismounted. The Federals plowed through the gap and hit the 4th Virginia Cavalry while
Since Duffie could not follow across the stream, the Confederates enjoyed their first "breathing spell" of the morning and immediately started organizing their defense, using Mt. Run as a natural barrier.
Hansborough Ridge was the site of the 2nd Corps and 2nd Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac, winter camps during the winter of 1863-1864.
The hill at the far left is Signal Hill, used as a signal station throughout the war.
Location. 38° 27.352′ N, 77° 54.027′ W. Marker is near Brandy Station, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on Stevensburg Road (County Route 663), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at a kiosk at a Culpeper County park on Stevensburg Road. 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hold at Mountain Run (here, next to this marker); Opening of the Wilderness Campaign (approx. one mile away); Salubria (approx. 1.2 miles away); Signal Stations (approx. 2.4 miles away); Opening of the Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.9 miles away); Betty Washington (approx. 3.1 miles away); In Memory of Major John Pelham (approx. 3.3 miles away); The 1863-64 Winter Encampment (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brandy Station.
Regarding Hansborough Ridge. 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. 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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Credits. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,076 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.