Cavalry Retiring by Successive Formations: Brandy Station, October 11, 1863

Yes, that is not a typo.  There was a battle at Brandy Station on October 11, 1863.  It was the third major action on Fleetwood Hill that year.  If you recall, I wrote about this particular action during the sesquicentennial.  At that time, I put focus on the actions by Brigadier-General John Buford’s First CavalryContinue reading “Cavalry Retiring by Successive Formations: Brandy Station, October 11, 1863”

“Coolness, bravery, and self-sacrifice” at Rio Hill

Another sesquicentennial event that fell on a day which does not exist in the 2014 calendar – the Battle of Rio Hill.  While other Federal cavalry columns on the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid raced towards Richmond, Brigadier-General George A. Custer led a column with the mission to perform a distraction to the west.  Custer’s objective was theContinue reading ““Coolness, bravery, and self-sacrifice” at Rio Hill”