“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tallysville in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Stuart's Ride

Baltimore Store


—1862 Peninsula Campaign —

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By Bernard Fisher, December 15, 2012
1. Stuart's Ride CWT Marker
Inscription. In May 1862, Union Gen. George B. McClellan led the Army of the Potomac up the Peninsula to the gates of Richmond. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia in June and began planning a counterattack. On June 12, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led 1,200 cavalrymen on a daring 3-day reconnaissance and discovered that the Union right was unsecured. Stuart’s “Ride around McClellan” gave Lee the vital information he needed to launch the offensive known as the Seven Days’ Battles on June 26.

With Lt. William Robbins, 9th Virginia Cavalry, in command of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s advance units, the column trotted into the village of Talleysville early in the evening of June 13, 1862. On the left (across the main road to your left) they passed a Union hospital with about 150 patients in William Talley’s house (private).

Baltimore Store stood at the crossroads to your far right along the main road, and a Union sutler occupied it. The Confederates helped themselves to canned meats, sausages, pickles, preserves, fruits, cakes, crackers, and candy, as well as wine and spirits, from the sutler’s ample stocks. Col. Heros von Borcke, one of Stuart’s staff members, recalled, “My parched tongue was cleaving to the roof of my mouth. When one of our men galloped up to me and held out a bottle
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By Bernard Fisher, December 15, 2012
2. Stuart's Ride CWT Marker
Baltimore Store stood at the crossroads in the distant right.
of champagne…. Never in my life have I enjoyed a bottle of wine so much.” Pvt. John S. Mosby, the future partisan ranger, found the night “a carnival of fun I can never forget. Nobody thought of the danger or sleep, when champagne bottles were bursting and wine was flowing in copious streams.”

At 8:30 P.M., Stuart himself arrived and ordered a halt for three and a half hours for rest and to allow scattered detachments to close up. At midnight, the column moved on toward the Chickahominy River, with prisoners mounted double on captured mules and horses. Stuart and many of his men slept in the saddle, while pursuing Union cavalry halted at Tunstall’s four miles behind them.
Erected 2012 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 31.72′ N, 77° 4.51′ W. Marker is in Tallysville, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker can be reached from Angel's Share Drive near Old Church Road (Virginia Route 609), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the New Kent Winery parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8400 Old Church Rd, New Kent VA 23124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this
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By Bernard Fisher, December 15, 2012
3. New Kent Winery
marker, measured as the crow flies. The White House (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Peter's Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Stuart's Ride Around McClellan (approx. ¼ mile away); Green v. County School Board of New Kent County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Arnold Stansley (approx. 1.6 miles away); Harold J. Neale (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Stuart's Ride (approx. 3.3 miles away); Letitia Christian Tyler (approx. 4.5 miles away).
More about this marker. (captions)
Gen. J.E.B. Stuart Courtesy Library of Congress
1862 map - Courtesy Library of Congress
Talley House – Courtesy Stran Trout
Baltimore Store, ca. 1900 - Courtesy Stran Trout
Also see . . .  Richmond Discoveries - Stuart's Ride. Information and map of the Stuart's Ride Civil War Trail (pdf file). (Submitted on December 16, 2012.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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