A Great Clash of Sabers: Stuart is Surprised at Brandy Station

May 4-5, 2019

The Second United States Cavalry at Beverly Ford. Charles Stanley 1896
Courtesy Library of Congress

Robert E. Lee was headed north, but first his young, 30-year-old cavalry chief, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, insisted that Lee review his cavalry corps. Lee missed the grandest review on June 5, but agreed to a toned down event on June 8–both went very well. As Lee returned to his preparations to move north, Federal troopers quietly moved into position to launch at early dawn on the 9th, the largest cavalry battle ever conducted on the North American continent. No man knows more about Brandy Station than the man who was most instrumental in its full preservation, Bud Hall. Meet us for a full one-day tour that will help you understand the complexities and intricacies of this much maligned engagement.



A Marine combat veteran of South Vietnam, Clark Bud Hall has written and lectured widely on cavalry operations in the Civil War. He is a co-founder and past board member of the Chantilly Battlefield Association; Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.; and the Brandy Station Foundation. He has been awarded numerous battlefield preservation commendations, including the prestigious Lifetime Preservation Award, conveyed by the Civil War Trust. Clark has served since 1995 as Senior Managing Director for the Fairfax Group, a global security and investigative firm. He specializes in conducting complex internal inquiries for multinational corporations, major law firms, the World Bank, and sovereign governments. He resides in Culpeper, Virginia.

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