Near Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
An Inglorious Skedaddle
Here on Chestnut Hill the wily Confederate had set a trap for Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s Union cavalry division. Using Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry division as bait, Stuart had lured one of Kilpatrick’s brigades here by retreating from Buckland Mill (5 miles east of here) along the Warrenton Turnpike (present-day Route 15/29). The jaw of the trap was Confederate Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry division moving north toward Buckland Mill from east of here to cut off Kilpatrick’s line of retreat.
By 3:30 that afternoon, Stuart’s gray clad troopers were coiled to strike on Chestnut Hill as Kilpatrick’s unwitting Federals approached, when suddenly cannon fire erupted from the east. Lee’s Confederates had struck the Union rear guard at Buckland. At that moment Stuart’s three brigades swooped down on the Federals with a rebel yell, turning an organized retreat into an inglorious skedaddle. Hootin’ and hollerin’ all the way, Stuart’s Rebel horsemen chased the fleeing Yankees back to Buckland in an action that resembled a spirited steeplechase rather than a military operation.
Fortunately for Kilpatrick,
Although Stuart had to content himself with 250 Yankee prisoners instead of two entire brigades, the “Buckland Races” did yield a treasure of amusing yarns for future campfires.
This was the last action of the Bristoe Station Campaign.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 44.259′ N, 77° 46.138′ W. Marker is near Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Colonial Road and U.S. 29 on Colonial Road. Touch for map. It is on the far corner of the Park & Ride lot. Marker is in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20187, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonial Road (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); McClellan’s Farewell Brentmoor (approx. 2.1 miles away); Brentmoor: The Spilman-Mosby House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Warrenton (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Singleton Mosby (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lafayette’s Stepping Stone (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
Also see . . . Buckland, Virginia. History. (Submitted on December 22, 2006.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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