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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.
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By Brandon D Cross, January 26, 2019
2. Battle of Brandy Station Marker
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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station
Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill Sign image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, January 26, 2019
3. Brandy Station Battlefield: Fleetwood Hill Sign
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (here, next to this marker); George C. Hupp (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Brandy Station (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brandy Station.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 5, 2016, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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