Battle of Middleburg/Mt. DeﬁanceUnder pressure to drive the Southern cavalry through Ashby's Gap and thereby locate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, Union General Alfred Pleasonton had determined to attack on June 19th along two fronts. General David Gregg's division confronted J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry west of Middleburg along the Ashby's Gap Turnpike here at Mount Defiance. General John Buford's division, meanwhile, would swing around Middleburg in an effort to outflank Stuart's position and reach Snicker's Gap to the northwest, where today's Virginia Route 7 crosses the Blue Ridge. At this time, across the mountain, Lee's forces were streaming north through Berryville, reached through that gap. To accomplish the task before him, Buford split his division, sending one brigade to Middleburg and then north and northwest toward the tiny village crossroads of Pot House (off to your right, three miles north of here), while the remainder moved from Aldie (east of us) northwest along the Snickersville Turnpike, past the site of the June 17th Aldie bloodbath, continuing along back roads to Pot House.
|Placed By||NOVA Parks|
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|Date Added||Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 260562 N 4316866|
|Decimal Degrees||38.96806667, -77.76366667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 58.084', W 77° 45.82'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 58' 5.0400000000002" N, 77° 45' 49.2" W|
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