Battle of Kelly's Ford

Battle of Kelly's Ford (HMTL)

Location: Remington, VA 22734 Culpeper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 28.222', W 77° 47.048'

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At dawn on 17 March 1863, Brig. Gen. William W. Averell led 2,100 Union cavalrymen across the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford. Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee with about 1,000 Confederate horsemen counterattacked northwest of here about noon. Noted Confederate artillerist Maj. John Pelham accompanied Lee's men and fell mortally wounded while impetuously taking part in a charge. The battle ended in a draw, marking the first time Confederate cavalrymen had not defeated their Union opponents, resulting in new confidence for the Union cavalry. It foreshadowed another Union crossing at Kelly's Ford during the much larger battle of 9 June 1863 at Brandy Station.
Marker NumberJ-36
Year Placed1999
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 257108 N 4261678
Decimal Degrees38.47036667, -77.78413333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 28.222', W 77° 47.048'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 28' 13.32" N, 77° 47' 2.88" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16527-16539 State Rte 620, Remington VA 22734, US
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