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Brandy Station

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Battle Name: Brandy Station
Other Names: Fleetwood Hill
State: Virginia
Location: Culpeper County
Campaign: Gettysburg Campaign (June-August 1863)
Dates: June 9, 1863
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Pleasonton [US]; Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps (22,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 1,090 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 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 and the opening engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign.
Results: Inconclusive

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