Upperville in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee Moves North Again
Screening Lee's Infantry
—Gettysburg Campaign —
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 to the Shenandoah Valley, ordered Stuart to interpose his cavalrymen between the two armies to screen the movement as Pleasonton probed westward. This resulted in the battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville,
Erected 2008 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 59.756′ N, 77° 53.471′ W. Marker is in Upperville, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50) and Hill Road / Trappe Road (County Route 619), on the right when traveling Touch for map. This marker was not yet "unveiled" at the time of documentation. Marker is in this post office area: Upperville VA 20184, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Upperville (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Upperville (approx. one mile away); Upperville (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Unison (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jackson’s Bivouac (approx. 3.2 miles away); Attack at Goose Creek Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Mount Bleak Farm (approx. 4 miles away); Clark County / Fauquier County (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upperville.
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 Aldie, VA
Also see . . .
1. Civil War in Loudoun Valley. The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, June 1863, (Submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails - Mosby Country: The Route 50 Corridor. (Submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,270 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.