Battle of Brandy Station

Brandy Station
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Brandy Station
FromUSD$200
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1808
  • Guided Driving Tour With stops in each location
  • 4 Hours9:00 am or 1:00 pm
  • Culpeper Area Battlefields
  • $200Maximum 6 guests

Join a Historic Campaign on This Battle of Brandy Station Tour

Take a comprehensive battlefield tour of Brandy Station; June 9, 1863.

On Robert E. Lee’s invasion route of the North, you will hear about the opening battle of the Gettysburg Campaign which will result in the largest cavalry battle in North America.

Your private battlefield tour will start at the historic Graffiti House, where you will get an introduction from your own battlefield guide.

The battle was fought over a large swath of northern Culper County.

We’ll discuss the large Confederate cavalry screen of General Lee’s invasion forces there and US General Joseph Hooker’s plans to destroy or disperse them.

The tour will see the location of the Confederate cavalry review field.

Later, stop at the area where US cavalry will push across Beverly’s Ford and the site where this epic battle begins.

This tour will follow General John Buford’s fight from the Beverly Ford to St. James Plain and his attempts to flank J. E. B. Stuart’s blocking forces.

We’ll see the various cavalry action between J. E. B. Stuart and General Alfred Pleasonton’s forces.

At Fleetwood Hill, you will see where the cavalry fought, saber to saber, pistol to pistol, saddle to saddle, and stirrup to stirrup as they charged, and counter charged each other.

Last, will visit Yew Ridge and Stevensburg and discuss Federal attempts to reach Brandy Station from Kelly’s Ford.

There is much amazingly more to the opening phase of the Gettysburg Campaign and the largest cavalry battle in the Civil War, and we’ll take you there!

Let a Local Battlefield Guide Show You the Way

Let us show you the way as you relax and skip the self-guided tour hassle. Your own battlefield guide will meet you in front of Graffiti House; the Brandy Station Battlefield Visitor Center.

After an introduction, your battlefield guide will join your vehicle as you depart to your first stop. It is recommended that the battlefield guide drive your vehicle so you can relax and enjoy the tour, but it’s up to you who drives.

Joining your vehicle keeps the cost down so you can see more battlefields with us.

Step-on battlefield guides are available for larger passenger vehicles (van or bus). For more information and prices, please contact us.

Note: Battle of Brandy Station can be tailored into one of our Custom Battlefield Tours.

What's Included

  • Professional & qualified local battlefield guide
  • Locate ancestor’s regiment on the battlefield With advance notice only

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bottled water
  • Jacket & umbrella
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Hat & light clothes
  • Insect repellant

What's Not Included

  • Vehicle
  • Visit to the Battlefield Visitor Center museum, film, and gift shop
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities Optional

Overview

  • Tour meets at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm in front of the Graffiti House, the Brandy Station Battlefield Visitor Center; 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, Va. 22714.
  • Tour the entire Brandy Station battlefield area
  • Visit sites on and off of the American Battlefield Trust property
  • Learn about the opening phase of the Gettysburg Campaign
  • Hear about the largest cavalry battle in North America

Special Notes

  • The minimum recommended age is 10 years old.
  • The tour makes multiple stops and gets out of the vehicle
  • Walking at stops is minimal, usually steps from the vehicle (no hiking involved)
  • Tour can accommodate those with mobility challenges
  • Traveling between stops has commentary
  • The tour continues in all weather conditions as adjustments can be made to make everyone comfortable
  • We can locate an ancestor’s unit on the battlefield for no additional charge by simply giving us their unit’s information, for example, 10th New York regiment – Advance notice of a week or more is advised to better prepare.

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