Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Moves North Again
Screening Lee's Infantry
— Gettysburg Campaign —
After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's stunning victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, he led the Army of Northern Virginia west to the Shenandoah Valley, then north through central Maryland and across the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania. Union Gen. George G. Meade, who replaced Gen. Joseph Hooker on June 28, led the Army of the Potomac in pursuit. The armies collided at Gettysburg on July 1, starting a battle that neither general planned to fight there. Three days later, the defeated Confederates retreated, crossing the Potomac River into Virginia on July 14.
In May 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee proposed a second invasion of the North and Confederate President Jefferson Davis approved the plan. The Federal generals suspected Lee was up to something when Confederate cavalry massed in Culpeper County.
On June 9, Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, Union Gen. Joseph Hooker's cavalry chief, crossed the Rappahannock River and struck the cavalry corps of his counterpart, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station. Stuart fought to a draw, but the Federal cavalry gained confidence.
Lee, who begun marching his soldiers
Erected 2007 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1863.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aldie VA 20105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Aldie (here, next to this marker); A Freedom Seeker from Aldie: The Story of Daniel Dangerfield (here, next to this marker); The Aldie Mill (a few steps from this marker); Slashing Sabers (a few steps from this marker); Waterpower System (within shouting distance of this marker); The Milling Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Aldie Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercer’s Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldie.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gen. Alfred Pleasonton and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart in the center. An "Edwin Forbes drawing of cavalry fight near Aldie, June 1863," is on the upper right. A map details important sites related to the cavalry battles in Loudoun Valley.
Regarding Lee Moves North Again. This marker is duplicated at Upperville, VA
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,007 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.