Brandy Station Seminar
About the seminar leader: Eric J. Wittenberg is a Columbus,
Ohio, attorney who is working on a full-length biography of John Buford.
He was educated at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the University
of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a contributor to Gettysburg Magazine,
on the topic of John Buford's contributions to the Gettysburg Campaign.
Eric and fellow GDG member Mike VanHuss operate VanBerg
Publishing and have recently republished Annals of the Sixth Pennsylvania
Cavalry. Eric has agreed to conduct this seminar at the request of
the moderators who appreciate the donation of large amounts of his time
to prepare the materials.
for Brandy Station Seminar
Courtesy of Clark B. Hall
Overview of Brandy Station Area
Buford's Assault at Beverly Ford Represents entirety of Buford's morning
attack after crossing Rappahannock River and driving on Confederate horse
artillery at St. James Church.
Buford's Asault at St James Church Approximately 9:00 a.m. Represents
Buford's primary assault on St. James Church position. Trying to capture
Beckham's horse artillery.
Buford's Afternoon Attacks Drives Rooney Lee's brigade from Yew Ridge
back onto northern extension of Fleetwood Hill; Buford's final attacks.
Stuart - From St. James Church Late morning phase; represents Gregg's
first attack on southern end of Fleetwood Hill. Attack led by Wyndham's
Brigade of Gregg's Division; Stuart shifts Jones's Brigade to meet threat.
Stuart - From St. James Church Afternoon phase of fight for Fleetwood
Hill. Wyndham joined by Kilpatrick; Jones joined by Hampton. This fight
lasts most of the afternoon.
s Assault in Fleetwoods Northern Crest Approximately 4:00 p.m. Buford
makes push to join Gregg; makes final assault on northern end of Fleetwood
Hill. Reserve Brigade, led by Merritt, attacks Lee; Munford arrives to
help repulse assault. Battle then ends.