Culpeper Court House

Culpeper Court House (HM5AN)

Location: Culpeper, VA 22701 Culpeper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.35', W 77° 59.583'

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Battle of Culpeper Court House

Following the Gettysburg Campaign, Federal officials sought to verify rumors that a substantial part of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army had been detached. On September 13, 1863, Federal cavalry moved down the tracks from your left, under orders to reconnoiter the main Confederate position, about 10 miles south (your right). Southern horsemen under Col. Lunsford Lomax resolved to make a stand on the terrain before you to defend a train being loaded with supplies here at the depot.

Confederate cavalryman G.W. Beare wrote that the train "attracted the aim of [Federal] guns, and their shells passed high over our heads and burst over the train as it steamed away." Federal cavalry dashed into the town from your left. Although the train made it to safety, threeConfederate cannon posted near the depot were captured. As the battle progressed to the south, flamboyant Federal Gen. George A. Custer was wounded in the foot by a shell fragment. Captured Confederates confirmed that part of the army under Gen. James Longstreet had indeed departed; these southerners soon reinforced another Confederate army and contributed to the victory at Chickamauga, Georgia.
HM NumberHM5AN
Series This marker is part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad series, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series.
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:33am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 238886 N 4262487
Decimal Degrees38.47250000, -77.99305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.35', W 77° 59.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 21.00" N, 77° 59' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)540, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 302-300 E Davis St, Culpeper VA 22701, US
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