By Dan Beattie, Adam Hook
КнигиОписание (About this book): the line to Gettysburg all started at Brandy Station on nine June 1863. Early on that morning, common Pleasanton introduced his males around the Rappahannock at Beverley’s Ford to the north of Brandy Station and Kelly’s Ford to the south. common JEB Stuart was once stuck unaware via those maneuvers and his traces and headquarters have been approximately overrun until eventually reinforcements helped to stabilize the location. Following 12 hours of sour struggling with the Union forces withdrew again around the river in what was once the most important and such a lot hotly contested conflict of sabres within the struggle. This e-book describes the conflict with a step by step research, illustrated with particular maps, birds-eye-views and entire color battlescene art.
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They expected to join Buford’s wing at Brandy Station and then advance upon Culpeper Court House. Duffie was sent to scout Stevensburg first. Finding some Confederate cavalry on the direct route to Brandy Station, Gregg sent Russell’s infantrymen toward them. He followed Duffie with his own division until he reached the Fredericksburg Plank Road. There he turned north toward Brandy Station. While Gregg fought for control of Fleetwood Hill, Duffie ran into minor opposition at Stevensburg. After capturing that town, Duffie received orders from Gregg to backtrack along his route and join Gregg in Brandy Station by the same road Gregg had taken.
To their left he had already deployed the 1st Brigade of Devin’s Division, minus the 8th Illinois Cavalry. He kept the tiny 2nd Brigade in reserve. He could find no good place to deploy artillery because of the trees. A section of Graham’s Battery unlimbered near the road just outside the southern edge of the woods; it was driven off by fire from the massed Confederate guns. qxd:Layout 1 23/6/08 10:16 Page 43 About 7am, Buford called on Whiting’s fresh brigade of regulars to clear the woods of Confederate stragglers.
Because the South had trouble supplying horses for artillery teams as well as horses to ride, Confederate horse artillery (and light artillery) batteries were standardized at four field pieces each, usually two less than their enemy counterparts. The guns were whatever calibers were available. By 1863, most Union horse artillery batteries consisted of six 3in. Ordnance Rifles, guns that were comparatively light and accurate. The most technically proficient and best drilled of the arms in the Union Army was the artillery.