Tag Archives: Fleetwood Hill

“No Time for Dallying”: “Grumble” Jones and the Battle of Brandy Station

Next weekend marks the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium. Each year to close out the activities, we have conducted a tour on Sunday of a battlefield which fits the scope of the weekend’s theme. This year, attendees will explore … Continue reading

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A Yankee Cavalryman Remembers Fleetwood Hill

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on June 9, 1863, Brig. Gen. John Buford’s Union cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock at Beverly Ford and engaged a Confederate brigade under Brig. Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones. Buford’s horsemen soon gained the upper hand, … Continue reading

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Beverly Ford Road at Brandy Station

This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to visit the Brandy Station battlefield. On the walk out to Buford’s Knoll (Brig. Gen. John Buford’s command post during the engagement) I captured this picture. The tree line in the center foreground … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B Stuart at Brandy Station

Conclusion of a series The blue troopers were puzzled as they made their way to the north bank of the Rappahannock River at Beverly Ford. For the past fourteen hours, they had engaged the Confederate cavalry in the open countryside … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part two in a series The first week of June 1863 saw Gen. Robert E. Lee begin to withdraw his infantry from their lines at Fredericksburg and head west toward the Shenandoah Valley. Lee was embarking on his second invasion … Continue reading

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Preservation Success at Brandy Station

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, the Civil War Trust announced “Victory at Brandy Station!” In a letter from Trust President Jim Lighthizer, “A few months ago, we asked for your help to save 10 critical acres at Brandy Station battlefield’s … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: New Interpretive Trail at Brandy Station’s Fleetwood Hill

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be part of something special. As many know, the fight to preserve Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station has been long and arduous. With the help of so many people, the hill was saved by the … Continue reading

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Prelude to a Star: The Battle of Brandy Station

Part three in a series. The early June day dawned with the promise of being another warm day. It was early summer and by now George Custer had become accustomed to the heat and humidity that are so famous during … Continue reading

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Brandy Station…Fleetwood Hill

Our friend, Eric Wittenberg, is making a concerted effort on his blog to save 50 acres of the Brandy Station Battlefield. For those of you that may not be too familiar with the battlefield, we have posted a short story, … Continue reading

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