Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Kelly's Ford
The Chancellorsville Campaign
The dramatic reorganization of the cavalry was one of Hooker's initial priorities and signal accomplishments. Before Hooker assumed command, small squadrons of horsemen were scattered among the infantry, carelessly armed and consistently outmatched by their Confederate counterparts.
Hooker reassembled his mounted forces into the single cavalry corps under one commander, Gen. George Stoneman, and equipped the majority of the troopers with carbines - short rifles that were easy to load and fire on horseback. With the Army of the Potomac recovering its fighting spirit, Hooker planned a new campaign against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia.
The Rappahannock River, situated to your left, separated the two forces. Although the Federals outnumbered the Confederates by more than two to one, the river was a formidable equalizer. The Union army had lost 12,000 men on its southern banks following a disastrous crossing
"My plans are perfect... May God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none." - Gen. Joe Hooker, USA
"We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one... A defensive campaign can only be made successful by taking the aggressive at the proper time." - Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA
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° 30.625′ N, 77° 49.278′ W. Marker is in 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 Francis Hume (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rappahannock Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); 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 800 times since then and 78 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. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.