Battle of Kelly's Ford
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N 38° 28.220 W 077° 47.055
18S E 257097 N 4261675
Quick Description: Virginia Historical Highway Marker J-36.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/5/2012 9:51:03 AM
Waymark Code: WMF15R
At dawn on 17 March 1863, Brig. Gen. William W. Averell led 2,100 Union cavalrymen across the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford. Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee with about 1,000 Confederate horsemen counterattacked northwest of here about noon. Noted Confederate artillerist Maj. John Pelham accompanied Lee's men and fell mortally wounded while impetuously taking part in a charge. The battle ended in a draw, marking the first time Confederate cavalrymen had not defeated their Union opponents, resulting in new confidence for the Union cavalry. It foreshadowed another Union crossing at Kelly's Ford during the much larger battle of 9 June 1863 at Brandy Station.
Marker Number: J-36
Marker Title: Battle of Kelly's Ford
Marker Location: Edwards Shop Road
County or Independent City: Culpeper
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Marker Program Sponsor: Not listed
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