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Kelly’s Ford (1863)
 
War:   American Civil War
 
Also known as:   Kellysville
 
Date(s):   17 Mar 1863
 
Location:   Culpeper County, Virginia, US
 
Outcome:   Inconclusive
 
Description:   Brig. Gen. William W. Averell, USA

Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, CSA


Each side had much of a cavalry division, totaling about 3,000 men.


There were about 200 casualties all told.


Kelly’s Ford was one of the early larger scale cavalry fights in Virginia that set the stage for Brandy Station and cavalry actions of the Gettysburg campaign. Twenty-one hundred troopers of Averell’s cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock River to attack the Confederate cavalry. Fitzhugh Lee counterattacked with a brigade of about 800 men. The “Gallant” Pelham was killed. After achieving a localized success, Union forces withdrew in mid-afternoon.


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