150 Years Ago: “Things look favorable” to Pleasonton

On this day (June 8) in 1862, the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac, with their supporting attachments, were maneuvering into position to cross the Rappahannock. Late in the day, Brigadier-General Alfred Pleasonton provided a short status to Army headquarters:

Have reconnoitered the different positions. Things look favorable. At 4 o’clock in the morning everything will be moving.

The next day, June 9, Pleasonton would, as directed the day before, send his troopers across Beverly’s and Kelly’s Ford to strike at Confederate cavalry. The next day Federal cavalrymen crossed the river and pressed forward across this ground overlooking Beverly’s Ford:


As mentioned a few times, today I’ll be out on that field as part of the Brandy Station 150th tour hosted by the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. I know it won’t be 150 years to the day… but one day off is close enough.

I’ll try to do some live blogging from the field. And of course I’ll be tweeting #BrandyStation.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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