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Civil War Trust Begins Restoration of Brandy Station’s Fleetwood Hill

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A moment long hoped for by history-lovers is at hand.

Today, the Civil War Trust began restoring the most important scene of America’s largest cavalry battle, Fleetwood Hill near the village of Brandy Station in Culpeper County, Virginia.

A contractor will demolish this brick ranch house and pool house atop Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station battlefield. (CIVIL WAR TRUST)

A contractor will demolish this brick ranch house and pool house atop Fleetwood Hill on the Brandy Station battlefield. (CIVIL WAR TRUST)

This morning, Spotsylvania County contractor J.K Wolfrey set to removing a brick ranch house–one of two houses–on the 56-acre property, said Jim Campi, director of policy and communications for the national nonprofit trust.

The strategic hillcrest is where Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart made his headquarters before a surprise attack across the Rappahannock River by Union horse troopers on the morning of June 9, 1863. Charges and countercharges swept back and forth across Fleetwood Hill for 10 hours as cavalry fighting swirled around the Brandy Station crossroads.

Atop southern Fleetwood Hill, in front of Henry Miller’s tenant house–”Fleetwood”–Union 3rd Corps commander William French and staff pose for a Mathew Brady photo in February 1864. (COURTESY, CLARK B. HALL)

Culpeper businessman Tony Troilo sold the land to the trust a year ago this month.

The site will be closed to the public during the demolition, which could take up to three months, Campi said. After the project is completed, the trust will announce its plans for public access to the nationally significant historic site, he said.

See Sunday’s print edition of The Free Lance-Star for the complete story.

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