150 Years Ago: Kelly’s Ford

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Kelly’s Ford. I’ll be out on the battlefield most of today, involved with a couple of activities looking back at the battle. So treat this as a “live blogging” placeholder. I’ll post photos as time (and bandwidth) permits.

My pal Don has hinted at a St. Patrick’s Day post on his Regular Cavalry in the Civil War blog. So please check his site.

Looking at the ford site, 150 years ago to the morning:

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The markers that once stood on the “Yankee” side of the Rappahannock now stand on the southern end.  Not as easy to visualize the actions from this point, but safer to stop.

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Where the “Gallant” Pelham fell:

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The new interpretive site on the north end of the battlefield:

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Looking south towards Carter’s Run and the location of the closing actions of the battle:

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And we did have our coffee on hand to toast the men who fought in the battle:

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Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

3 thoughts on “150 Years Ago: Kelly’s Ford

  1. Great day on the battlefield Craig, thanks to you and Mike for showing me the newly preserved land. Great work and kudos to everyone involved…REAL preservationists!

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