Robert E. Lee planned to move his army into Pennsylvania using mountains as a screen. Union General Hooker ordered General Alfred Pleasonton to find Lee's Army. Pleasonton's sent cavalry northwest after Lee toward Winchester, Berryville, and Harper's Ferry. Lee gave J.E.B. Stuart the task of blocking the Union pursuers. Thus Stuart sent three brigades to three points where they might effectively delay Pleasonton's cavalry: Thoroughfare Gap, Aldie Gap, and Rectortown.
The battle at Aldie took place on June 17, 1863. It was the bloodiest small cavalry battle of the Civil War. Our field trip began at Aldie and followed U.S. Route 50 through Middleburg and Upperville, ending at Ashby's Gap not far from Winchester.
For pictures of Aldie Mill and the story of Mosby's incident there, see this previous trip.
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|Lecture at Aldie, Virginia||Snickersville Pike , Aidie||Dr. Poland explains the battle|
|Corner, Snickersville & Oatland Roads||Walking to historic site||1st Mass. Cavalry Monument|
|Tranquil scene today||Sign, Battle of Aldie||Home of a Ranger|
Page 2: More pictures of this Tour
Photos taken by Linda
Walcroft, September 2004
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