The Largest Cavalry Battle Site of the Civil War Will Soon Be a Virginia State Park


A Virginia state park centered on the battlefields of Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain, in addition to the positioning of a ridgetop Union encampment close to Stevensburg is on the verge of creation. First outlined in 2015, the proposal for Culpeper Battlefield State Park has gained floor by way of native help and advocacy. 

In his diary, ninth Virginia Cavalry trooper Hen Willis documented the execution of the USCT: “They had been the primary [USCT] we had seen….They had been taken out on the street facet and shot and their our bodies left there.”
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Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin submitted an modification to the state price range relating to the proposed park on January 21, and each chambers of the Virginia legislatures authorized budgets for establishing the park. Though the precise particulars are nonetheless within the works, 1,700 acres already preserved by the American Battlefield Belief shall be donated to the park. One other 4,000 acres at the moment are held in conservation easements on non-public land, and extra land could also be acquired. Advocates for the park word that it preserves land between the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers that was contested through the struggle and traversed not solely by Union and Accomplice troops but additionally by slaves escaping bondage in addition to USCT regiments preventing within the 1864 Overland Marketing campaign.

These USCT troopers—numbering near 4,000—had been remembered with a marker erected at Brandy Street in Brandy Station in Culpeper County on February 26, 2022. The marker was paid for by the Freedom Basis, which is dedicated to preserving the reminiscence of USCT troops born in Culpeper. In contrast to White troopers, USCT troopers, if captured by Accomplice troops, may very well be executed as escaped slaves underneath guidelines authorized by the Accomplice Congress. Three USCT troopers are identified to have been captured and executed in conjunction with the street on Could 5, 1864. A memorial marker close to the positioning of their execution was put in in Lignum, Va., on November 9, 2021.

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