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

Battle of Brandy Station

Battle for Fleetwood Hill

 
 
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By T. Elizabeth Renich, September 5, 2016
1. Battle of Brandy Station Marker
Battle for Fleetwood Hill
Inscription. On the evening of June 8, 1863, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his headquarters staff camped on the northern edge of Fleetwood Hill. Early the next morning, heavy gunfire from the direction of Beverly's Ford (three miles to your left rear), alerted Stuart that his command was under heavy attack. This assaulting element of 5,800 troopers comprised the right wing of Union Gen. Alfred Pleasanton's Cavalry Corps. The left wing of 6,000 men crossed at Kelly's Ford, six miles to your left front. Part of that wing was stalled there. The remainder rode west, planning to swing north at Stevensburg and attack the Confederate rear, but was blocked at the village.

Mistakenly assuming that the attackers were only crossing Beverly's Ford, Stuart departed Fleetwood at about 8:00 A.M. to oversee the Confederate defense centered at St. James Church (one mile to your left rear), leaving behind his adjutant, Maj. Henry B. McClellan, to sustain the headquarters on Fleetwood Hill. At about 10:30, Union Gen. David M. Gregg's cavalry division arrived near the village of Brandy Station (1/2 mile to your left front) and prepared to seize Fleetwood Hill. McClellan urgently summoned Stuart back from St. James Church, and soon the momentous fight for mastery of Fleetwood Hill began in deadly earnest.

"General Gregg showed an enthusiasm I had never noticed. He started his horse on a gallop toward the hill, swing his gauntlets over his head and hurrahing, at the same time."
—Capt. Henry C. Meyer, 2nd New York Cavalry, USA

"General Stuart ordered every regiment to move on Fleetwood. It was a thrilling sight to see these dashing horsemen draw their sabers and start for the hill at a gallop."
—Capt. William W. Blackford, adie to Stuart, CSA
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
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.
 
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Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 94 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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