The Battle of Brandy Station
The Battle of Brandy Station , also called the Battle of Fleetwood Hill , was the largest predominantly cavalry engagement of the American Civil War , as well as the largest ever to take place on American soil. It was fought on June 9, 1863, around Brandy Station, Virginia , at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign by the Union cavalry under Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton against Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart 's Confederate cavalry. Union commander Pleasonton launched a surprise dawn attack on Stuart's cavalry at Brandy Station.
After an all-day fight in which fortunes changed repeatedly, the Federals retired without discovering Gen. Robert E. Lee 's infantry camped near Culpeper . This battle marked the end of the Confederate cavalry's dominance in the East . From this point in the war, the Federal cavalry gained strength and confidence.
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