Battle of Buckland Mills

Battle of Buckland Mills (HM13WX)

Location: Gainesville, VA 20155 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 47.122', W 77° 39.99'

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On October 19, 1863, 12,000 Confederate and Union cavalry clashed at Buckland. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, screening the Confederate withdrawal following the Battle of Bristoe Station, blocked the advance of Union Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick's cavalry division. Initially occupying this position, Gen. George A. Custer's brigade forced Stuart's retreat westward and Gen. Henry E. Davies' brigade gave chase. Early in the afternoon, as Custer's men rested at Buckland, Confederate Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's division suddenly attacked from the south, pushing Custer back across the Broad Run bridge and separating his brigade from Davies at New Baltimore. Davies broke off pursuit of Stuart who immediately counterattacked, routing the Federals along the Warrenton Turnpike. The Confederates lost about 50 men, the Federals about 260, mostly prisoners in what the Confederates jubilantly called the "Buckland Races." Stuart termed the Union route "the most complete that any cavalry ... suffered during this war" while Custer noted the date as "the most disastrous this division ever passed through."
HM NumberHM13WX
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Prince William County Historical Commission series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268388 N 4296336
Decimal Degrees38.78536667, -77.66650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.122', W 77° 39.99'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 7.32" N, 77° 39' 59.40" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7810 James Madison Hwy, Gainesville VA 20155, US
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