Near Remington in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Brandy Station
The Crossing at Kelly's Ford
On the morning of June 9, 1863, two Union cavalry divisions and an infantry brigade crossed the Rappahannock River here. This force of about 6,000 men and 18 cannon — half of an 11,000-man force hunting for Confederates in the Culpeper area — was under the command of Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg. The other Union column, under Brig. Gen. John Buford, had crossed the river earlier that morning at Beverly Ford, six miles to the north. The two wings planned to meet at Brandy Station before advancing on Maj. Gen. G.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry.
Coordinating the movements of thousands of men, horses and wagons was one of the difficulties facing Civil War commanders. Though Gregg met little enemy opposition at the crossing of this ford, his schedule was already in shambles. Part of his command, the Second Cavalry Division under Col. Alfred Duffie’, got lost and arrived late at the ford. For hours, Gregg waited for his subordinate and listened to the distant rumble of artillery fire from Beverly Ford, where Buford engaged the Confederates.
After Duffie’s troops appeared, Gregg
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Location. 38° 28.642′ N, 77° 46.954′ W. Marker is near Remington, Virginia, in Fauquier Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Remington VA 22734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kelly’s Ford (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Kelly's Ford (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Kelly's Ford (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly’s Ford (approx. half a mile away); Major John Pelham, C.S.A. (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Chestnut Lawn" (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Remington.
More about this marker. A large drawing in the lower left carries the caption:
Both Union and Confederate armies used Kelly’s Ford extensively during the Civil War. In addition to the role it played in the Battle of Brandy Station in June 1863, it gave its name to a notable cavalry engagement that occurred here on March 17 that same year.
This marker, along with two others, was relocated to a spot on the south side of the river in 2011.
Regarding The Battle of Brandy Station.
Also see . . .
1. Detailed NPS battle description and battlefield tour. While the link takes you on a modern day tour of the Battle of Brandy Station, this marker is not included in the tour. (Submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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. (Submitted on January 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,336 times since then and 129 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.