Culpeper County, Virginia
Other Names: Fleetwood Hill
Campaign: Gettysburg Campaign (June-July 1863)
Date(s): June 9, 1863
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen.
Pleasonton [US]; Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart [CS]
Engaged: Corps (22,000 total)
Description: At dawn June 9, the Union
cavalry corps under Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton launched a
surprise attack on Stuart's cavalry at Brandy Station.
After an all-day fight in which fortunes changed repeatedly, the
Federals retired without discovering Lee's infantry camped near
Culpeper. This battle marked the apogee of the Confederate
cavalry in the East. From this point in the war, the Federal
cavalry gained strength and confidence. Brandy Station was the
largest cavalry battle of the war.