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The Battle of Kelly's Ford, Virginia

Discussion in 'The Eastern Theater' started by Buckeye Bill, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Buckeye Bill

    Buckeye Bill 1st Lieutenant

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    The Battle of Kelly's Ford (Battle of Kellysville) took place on March 17, 1863, in Culpeper County, Virginia, as part of the cavalry operations along the Rappahannock River during the American Civil War. It set the stage for the Battle of Brandy Station and other cavalry actions of the Gettysburg Campaign. Twenty-one hundred troopers of Brigadier General William W. Averell's Federal cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock River to attack the Confederate cavalry that had been harassing them that winter. Confederate Brigadier General Fitzhugh Lee counter attacked with a brigade of about 800 men. After achieving a localized success, Federal forces withdrew under pressure in late afternoon, without destroying Lee's cavalry.

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    * Map courtesy of the Civil War Trust and photos courtesy of William Bechmann (2016)
     
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    I started the same thread but put this; On this day March 17, 1863
     
  4. Eric Wittenberg

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    Just a quick note--the site of the highway bridge depicted above is NOT the location of Kelly's Ford. It is the location of John Kelly's mill and mill race. The ford is about a quarter of a mile south of the highway bridge. It's easy to find IF you know where to look to find it.
     
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    We're those pics taken recently? Looks awful green.
     
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    May of 2016.......
     
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    I knew you would find the ford, Bill. :smile:
     
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    Thanks to your book, Eric!

    Next time, I will locate Confederate Major John Pelham's monument.

    Bill
     
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