The Battle of Brandy Station

The Battle of Brandy Station (HM2CG)

Location: Elkwood, VA 22718 Culpeper County
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N 38° 31.979', W 77° 51.464'

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The Civil War in Culpeper County

On June 9, 1863, the Civil War visited the river fords, farmer's fields and rolling hills near Brandy Station. During the intense daylong fighting that swirled all around the little town, Confederate and Union horsemen clashed in the largest cavalry battle of the war. By nightfall, the Union cavalrymen had finally proved that they could match the legendary skills of the Southern horsemen. The Battle of Brandy Station failed to stop Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North that summer, though it did delay the onset of his march towards the climactic Battle of Gettysburg in early July.

Culpeper County saw a great deal of activity during the Civil War. In addition to the Battle of Cedar Mountain (August 9, 1862), the Union and Confederate armies passed through here many times in 1862 and 1863. In December 1863, the Federal Army of the Potomac established winter quarters in Culpeper County, not leaving until May 4, 1864.

The driving tour route displayed will take you to the most important sites connected with the Battle of Brandy Station. Outdoor exhibits like this one will provide information on the battle. There are also three exhibits that focus on the 1863-1864 winter encampment of the Union Army. A tour brochure with driving directions and some additional historic information is available from the Civil War Preservation Trust (call 1-888-606-1400), from the Brandy Station Foundation Visitors Center in Brandy Station or from the Museum of Culpeper History located at 803 South Main Street in Culpeper. (Take Route 29 south to the first Culpeper exit.)

Help Preserve Battlefields · call CWPT at 1-888-606-1400 · · The Hallowell Foundation generously contributed toward the interpretation of this site in memory of Carrington Williams.
This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinion, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.
HM NumberHM2CG
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 250902 N 4268825
Decimal Degrees38.53298333, -77.85773333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 31.979', W 77° 51.464'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 31' 58.74" N, 77° 51' 27.84" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 State Rte 677, Elkwood VA 22718, US
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