The Battle of Brandy Station

The Battle of Brandy Station (HM2CS)

Location: Elkwood, VA 22718 Culpeper County
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N 38° 32.032', W 77° 51.452'

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Buying Time on the Beverly Ford Road

Both Union and Confederate armies used horse artillery to assist cavalry. When firing erupted at Beverly Ford on the morning of June 9, 1863, Major Robert F. Beckham's battalion of Confederate horse artillery (16 guns and some 500 men) was encamped in woods here. Confederate cannoneers frantically harnessed their teams and prepared their guns for attack as Union skirmishers came in sight. Beckham ordered a gun of the Washington Artillery of South Carolina out on the road and told the crew to cover the battalion's withdrawal. Beckham withdrew 600 yards without losing a gun.

As the gunners fell back, horsemen of the 6th and 7th Virginia Cavalry Regiments raced down the ford road to delay the enemy. In the rush some Confederates rode bareback and some were barefooted. All were determined to buy time for the other Confederate brigades to form a line of battle to the rear.

At this spot, the Virginians clashed with troopers from the 8th New York and 8th Illinois Cavalries. In the melee, Col. Benjamin "Grimes" Davis, commander of the Union advance, was killed.

Brig. Gen. John Buford spent several hours getting his Federals across the river, untangling the confusion caused by Davis' death, and deploying his troops. By 6:45 a.m. Buford was ready to test the Confederate soldiers ready for him near St. James Church.

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 NumberHM2CS
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 11:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 250922 N 4268922
Decimal Degrees38.53386667, -77.85753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.032', W 77° 51.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 1.92" N, 77° 51' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 410-498 State Rte 677, Elkwood VA 22718, US
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