Brandy Station Battlefield

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The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War and the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent. It was also the first battle of the war's most famous campaign - Gettysburg.

The 1863 battle began at dawn as a raid, when 5,500 Union cavalry charged over the Rappahannock River in attempt to thwart an anticipated Confederate raid on Union supply line. But the Confederate army was actually on maneuvers, breaking camp to ride north into Pennsylvania.

The conflict quickly escalated to an all-out battle between to cavalries involving some 20,000 troops including 17,000 cavalry. Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and the Union's John Buford basically fought to a draw. Although the Union advance was repelled, the overwhelming superiority that the Confederate cavalry once enjoyed was gone.

Brandy Station Battlefield

19484 Brandy Road
Culpeper, VA 22714

Culpeper County, VA


The Brandy Station Foundtion is presenting a series of two-hour tours, one devoted to each of the four engagements that comprise the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863. Transportation: Personal vehicle caravan will depart from the Graffiti House at 10AM. The cost is $10 (children under 12 are free). Tours leave from the Graffiti House at 10:00 am and last 2 hours. No reservations are needed, please arrive at the Graffiti House before ten. Special tours for individuals or groups on other days can be specially arranged.


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