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

Battle of Brandy Station

Wyndham's Attack

 
 
Battle of Brandy Station Marker image. Click for full size.
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
Battle of Brandy Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, January 26, 2019
2. Battle of Brandy Station Marker
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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.
 
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 date for this entry is June 9, 1863.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brandy Station VA 22714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station
Wyndham's Attack Against Fleetwood Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 18, 2016
3. Wyndham's Attack Against Fleetwood Hill
The ground covered approaching the hill. The marker can be seen in the left center of the photo.
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); George C. Hupp (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandy Station.
 
Wyndham's Attack image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 18, 2016
4. Wyndham's Attack
This photo was taken just left of the marker. Union Cavalry would have approached up the slope directly in front and converged on this position on Fleetwood Hill.
Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill Sign image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, January 26, 2019
5. Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   5. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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