Near Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Kelly's Ford
Union Cavalry Comes of Age
Pounding through the hail of flying lead, Averell's men advanced about a mile toward his objective before Lee counterattacked near Wheatley's Ford. Dismounted Union troopers hurled back the gray cavalry from behind a stone wall and mortally wounded artillerist John Pelham, one of the Confederacy's most beloved heroes, before re-mounting and chasing the Virginians into the fields in front of you. Here the two lines crashed together several times in a savage melee.
In a swirling brawl punctuated by pistol shots, saber clashes, and cries of "To the death!" the Federals forced their opponents back across Carter's Run, the small stream about 1,200 yards in front of you. With artillery fire arching overhead, Lee desperately rallied his shaken men where you now stand. At this point, after eight hours of hard fighting, Averell chose to withdraw. Although the New Yorker had failed to "rout or destroy" his foe, the Battle of Kelly's Ford proved that the reorganized and refitted Union cavalry was now a combat force to be reckoned with.
"Here's your coffee. Here's your visit. How did you like it? How's that horse?" - Gen. William W. Averell, letter to Gen. Fitzhugh Lee after the Battle of Kelly's Ford
Erected 2013 by Virginia Civil Wa Trails and Civil War Trust.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 30.624′ N, 77° 49.279′ W. Marker is near Brandy Station, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on Newbys Shop Road (Virginia Route 673), on the right when traveling north. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle of Kelly's Ford (here, next to this marker); Fauquier County / Culpeper County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Francis Hume (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rappahannock Station (approx. Where Pelham Fell (approx. 1.7 miles away); Major John Pelham, C.S.A. (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandy Station.
More about this marker. Although the marker is in Culpeper County, the area where the marker is within the Remington, Virginia zip code area.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 866 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on March 24, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.