Brandy Station 1863: First Step Towards Gettysburg by Dan BeattieBrandy Station 1863: First Step Towards Gettysburg by Dan Beattie

Brandy Station 1863: First Step Towards Gettysburg

byDan BeattieIllustratorAdam Hook

Paperback | October 21, 2008

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The road to Gettysburg began at Brandy Station on June 9, 1863 during the American Civil War (1861-1865). However, the cavalry clash in Culpeper County, Virginia, counts for more than just the opening round of Lee's second invasion of the North. The battle showed both sides that the Federal cavalry had now come of age, that Blue and Gray horsemen were now equal in ability. Early in the morning on June 9, Pleasanton launched his men, split into two divisions, across the Rappahannock at Beverley's Ford to the north of Brandy Station and Kelly's Ford to the south. Stuart was caught completely unaware by these maneuvers and his lines and headquarters were nearly overrun until reinforcements helped to stabilize the situation. Following 12 hours of bitter fighting the Union forces withdrew back across the river, having matched the Confederate cavalry in skill and determination for the first time in the War between the States in what was the largest and most hotly contested clash of sabers in this long and bloody war.

This book describes the battle with a step-by-step analysis of the proceedings, illustrated with detailed maps, birds-eye-views and full color battlescene artwork.

Daniel Beattie is a former librarian, New York City welfare investigator, infantryman, Public Information Officer for the USDA Forest Service, professor of History and Political Science, and businessman. He earned a BA from the City University of New York, and a MA and PhD in History from Duke University. For many years he served on th...
Title:Brandy Station 1863: First Step Towards GettysburgFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.88 × 7.26 × 0.24 inPublished:October 21, 2008Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1846033047

ISBN - 13:9781846033049

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Table of Contents

The eve of battle/Chronology/Opposing plans/Opposing commanders/Opposing forces/The Battle of Brandy Station/Roads to Gettysburg/The battlefield today Further reading/Index

Editorial Reviews

"In short, this book is an excellent overview of the initial battle of the Gettysburg Campaign." -Jeff Grim, Collected Miscellany, (February 2009)