Battle of Brandy Station Historical

Battle of Brandy Station Historical (HM1U5J)

Location: Brandy Station, VA 22714 Culpeper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 30.569', W 77° 52.768'

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Headquarters Hill

John Strode, a prominent Revolutionary War gun manufacturer, built his manor house, Fleetwood, in the late 1700s. Strode was a friend of President Thomas Jefferson, who often stayed here when traveling between Monticello and Washington, D.C. The mansion that gave the hill its name was greatly damaged by the war, finally collapsing in the late 1800s.

Fleetwood Hill, this "Famous Plateau," was used as a headquarters platform several times. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston first exploited Fleetwood's position overlooking the the Rappahannock River in March 1862. Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart established his headquarters here in May 1863, before the Battle of Brandy Station began on June 9. The following month, Gen. Robert E. Lee traversed the storied hill, leaving his cavalry as rear guard atop Fleetwood. That fall, Union Gen. George E. Meade's headquarters occupied Fleetwood briefly before Lee returned and camped here. During the Union winter camp of 1863-1864, the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac and the Third Corps were located on Fleetwood Hill.

"The country around Brandy Station is open, particularly suitable for a cavalry engagement. Fleetwood, the coveted hill, was the key to the entire situation, and here the fight was everywhere most fierce."
—Gen. David M. Gregg, USA

"The high hill upon which I slept the night before the battle is called Fleetwood and it is a fine military position. About noon on June 9, we had a fight for it."
—Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, CSA
HM NumberHM1U5J
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust
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Date Added Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 248925 N 4266275
Decimal Degrees38.50948333, -77.87946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.569', W 77° 52.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 34.14" N, 77° 52' 46.08" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20362 Fleetwood Heights Rd, Brandy Station VA 22714, US
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