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

Battle of Brandy Station

Wyndham's Attack

 
 
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By T. Elizabeth Renich, September 5, 2016
1. Battle of Brandy Station Marker
Wyndham's Attack
Inscription. Union Lt. Col. Percy Wyndham advanced his command from Brandy Station and centered his attack on this spot. To your right, the 1st New Jersey Cavalry ascended the slope. The 1st Maryland Cavalry occupied the center, and to your left, circling around the southern base of Fleetwood Hill, the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry galloped toward the eastern crest. Just before Federal troopers reached the summit, the 12th Virginia Cavalry charged up from the other side, rode over this plateau, and smashed into the 1st New Jersey. The determined New Jerseyans were not to be denied, however, and they slashed aside the 12th Virginia, triumphantly gaining the summit. The 12th Virginia lost its battle flag in the savage fighting, the only regimental standard to be captured that day.

The 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry and the 6th Virginia, both of Gen. William E. Jones's Brigade, galloped up the northern slopes and joined the fight. The struggle swung wildly back and forth between Jones's Brigade and Wyndham's Brigade. Tactical cohesion fell apart as officers were killed. Choking, swirling dust filled the hot morning air, making it difficult to discern friend from foe.

"As we dashed fiercely into them, saber in hand, they broke like a wave on the bow of a ship, and over and through them we rode, sabering as we went. By Jove, sir, that was a charge!"
—Adj. Marcus Kitchen, 1st New Jersey Cavalry, USA

"A hard gallop had enabled only the leading files of the 12th Virginia to reach the top of the hill, but with the true spirit of a forlorn hope, Colonel Harmon and the few men around him dashed at the advancing Federals."
—Maj. Henry B. McClellan, Stuart's adjutant, CSA
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 30.569′ N, 77° 52.768′ W. Marker is in Brandy Station, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of Fleetwood Heights Road (Virginia Route 685) and Stuart Lane, on the right when traveling east on Fleetwood Heights Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brandy Station VA 22714, United States of America.
 
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Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 24 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 6, 2016.
 
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