Brandy Station Tour – For the 150th of the Battle!

There are a lot of Sesquicentennial events just around the corner. Here’s one I think you’ll find rewarding all around. You’ll want to mark your calendars now and block off the day:

The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable is pleased to announce a special sesquicentennial themed summer tour of the Brandy Station battlefield. Don’t miss this chance to tour some of the seldom visited sections of the battlefield – Saturday, June 8!

Bud Hall, the nation’s leading expert on the Battle of Brandy Station, will be conducting a uniquely rare walking tour of remote battlefield sites that have never before been visited by any tour group. Priceless anti-bellum homes and bucolic river fords are just a few of the historically significant sites that will be visited on this special tour. This is an exceptional Sesquicentennial event that you will not want to miss! All tour materials including maps and handouts will be provided. A bag lunch, hat, sunscreen, bug spray and walking shoes are suggested for this tour which will take place rain or shine. Come join us as we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station!

RSVP details to follow (see below). But please mark this one on your calendars!

What: Battle of Brandy Station Tour

Where: Brandy Station, Virginia

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition, on Tuesday, June 11, Mr. Hall will speak at the roundtable’s regularly scheduled meeting. The topic is “Cavalry Battles in Virginia – Brandy Station, Aldie, Middleburg, and Uppervile.”

There are a lot of things happening around Brandy Station this spring. Not all of them have been formally announced. But stay tuned as those details are worked out. And again, check back for details to RSVP.

UPDATE:  Here is the RSVP information:

Please go to our EventBright page.  Please note, while this is a free tour, we do ask for you to RSVP so we can obtain an accurate headcount.  We will use the site to disseminate detailed information about the event.  The site simply asks for your name and email address.  You will receive a “ticket” via email.

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5 thoughts on “Brandy Station Tour – For the 150th of the Battle!

  1. Thanks much for this timely notice, Craig..

    This extraordinarily special “Sesquicentennial Brandy Station Tour” conducted on behalf of the Loudoun CWRT (and anybody else who wants to join us) will be unlike any tour I have ever conducted at Brandy. And this particular assertion is “saying something” as goodness knows these organized Brandy outings have been taking place since the late 80’s once we preservationists and historians took control of a battlefield about to be destroyed by commercial development, including a Formula One race track.

    Both threats were beaten back by the successor organization (APCWS) to the Civil War Trust, and I intend for this tour not only to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of troopers who fought at Brandy, but also to celebrate our decades-long preservation achievements–and to detail the acquisition opportunities we currently have available to us at Fleetwood Hill, as well as other locations on this massively beautiful battlefield.

    This select, “150th tour group” will visit remote, poignant sections of the battlefield where I have never before escorted any group.. Our attendees will also visit antebellum homes of great distinction–silent witnesses themselves, of this, the largest and most important cavalry battle of the Civil War.

    So, please join us at Brandy on June 8, 1863, for the cavalry tour of your life!

    A final note.. Brandy Station is today available for tour outings simply because CWT owns a large section of the battlefield, and we also have many friends who own adjacent, contiguous parcels. How did this happy state of preservation take place?

    Wel, it wasn’t easy, believe me, and Craig, if your readers decide to join us on June 8, they’ll hear the entire story. (Hint: the good guys win!)

    And the outcome of this story will indeed make them proud to be Americans..

    -Clark B. Hall

  2. I’m definitely putting this on my calendar, Bud! Thanks for posting it, Craig!

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