09 June 2011 by Published in: Battlefield preservation 2 comments

Today is the 148th anniversary of the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent, the Battle of Brandy Station. For fourteen long hours that day, approximately 21,000 Union and Confederate cavalrymen slugged it out. Fleetwood Hill–the most fought over piece of real estate in the United States–was the vortex of much of that fighting.

I wonder what the veterans who sacrificed so much on June 9, 1863 would think of that hideous McMansion that disrupts their battlefield, and I wonder if they would be as horrified by Lake Troilo as I am.

We know that the board of trustees and president of the Brandy Station Foundation don’t care–they couldn’t possibly ever think of interfering with private property rights and agricultural activities, even if those activities destroy ground zero of the battlefield. For shame.

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  1. Thu 09th Jun 2011 at 9:42 pm


    I’m sure Grimes Davis, Wade Hampton, J.E.B. Stuart and John Buford are rolling in their graves in disgust.


  2. Keith Toney
    Fri 10th Jun 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’ve been biting my tongue and keyboard fingers since you started letting us know what’s been going on. a lot of good people put a lot of time and effort into preserving that field over the years to see it come to this. God bless the memory of the men of June 9, 1863.

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