Event Details

  • 03/17/2013

    Location: The Inn at Kelly's Ford Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Fee Information: $45
A symposium and buffet luncheon on Sunday, March 17, will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kelly's Ford.

The event, featuring a series of speakers, will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inn at Kelly's Ford.

Tickets are $45 each, and proceeds will benefit the Brandy Station Foundation's effort, in cooperation with the Civil War Trust, to purchase the Fleetwood Hill property in Culpeper County.

The Battle of Kelly's Ford took place March 17, 1863, as part of the cavalry operations along the Rappahannock River after the Battle of Fredericksburg. It preceded Brandy Station, the Civil War's largest cavalry battle, which took place in the run-up to Gettysburg that summer.

Union Brig. Gen. William W. Averell's cavalry division of 2,100 crossed the Rappahannock to attack the Confederate cavalry that had been harassing them that winter. Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee counterattacked with a brigade of about 800 men. After some success, the Union forces withdrew under pressure late that afternoon, without destroying Gen. Lee's cavalry.

But, Confederate Maj. John Pelham, an expert in deployment of artillery in conjunction with cavalry, suffered a mortal wound at Kelly's Ford and died the next day in Culpeper.

To register for the March 17 luncheon and symposium, send payment to: Brandy Station Foundation, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, Va. 22714.

For more information, call 540-727-7718.

The Brandy Station Foundation also will host a ball Saturday night at Kelly's Ford to mark the 150th anniversary. That event is a separate event.



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