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Brandy Station, Virginia, June 9, 1863: The Largest Cavalry Battle of the Civil War
     

Brandy Station, Virginia, June 9, 1863: The Largest Cavalry Battle of the Civil War

by Joseph W. McKinney
 

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The winter of 1862-63 found Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac at a standoff along the Rappahannock River in Virginia, following the Union defeat at Fredericksburg. In January 1863 Major General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker relieved the disgraced Burnside, reorganized his troops and

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The winter of 1862-63 found Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac at a standoff along the Rappahannock River in Virginia, following the Union defeat at Fredericksburg. In January 1863 Major General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker relieved the disgraced Burnside, reorganized his troops and instituted company colors, giving his soldiers back their fighting spirit. Lee concentrated on maintaining his strength and fortifications while struggling for supplies. By spring, cavalry units from both sides had taken on increased importance—until the largest cavalry battle of the war was fought, near Brandy Station, Virginia, on June 9, 1863.
Researched from numerous contemporary sources, this detailed history recounts the battle that marked the opening of the Gettysburg campaign and Lee’s last offensive into the North. Forces commanded by J.E.B. Stuart and Alfred Pleasanton fought indecisively in an area of 70 square miles: Confederate troops maintained possession and counted fewer casualties, yet Union forces had definitely taken the offensive. Historians still debate the significance of the battle; many view it as a harbinger of change, the beginning of dominance by Union horse soldiers and the decline of Stuart’s Confederate command.

Editorial Reviews

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“well-written...carefully researched...a fine job”—North & South; “excellent”—Civil War News; “should be the starting point for anyone interested in this battle”—The Past In Review; “this excellent book has received a ‘WOW’ rating and will make an excellent addition to your library...is so good that I didn’t want to put it down!”—The Lone Star; “a wealth of information”—Casanova Hunt.
North & South
well-written...carefully researched...a fine job
Civil War News
excellent
The Past In Review
should be the starting point for anyone interested in this battle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786477234
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Retired U.S. Army officer Joseph W. McKinney lives in Corrales, New Mexico.

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