Historic America

Upperville Battlefield in Loudoun County, Virginia

Heroic efforts by preservationists have recently saved key portions of this battlefield for our enjoyment and education.

The Battle of Upperville was fought on June 21, 1863 between Union forces commanded by Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton and Col. Strong Vincent and Confederate cavalry commanded by Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart in Loudoun County, Virginia during the American Civil War. This inconclusive battle followed the battles of Middleburg and Aldie in the opening stages of the Gettysburg Campaign. It resulted in approximately 452 total casualties.

On June 1, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia slipped away from the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, and headed north to invade Pennsylvania. Lee entrusted his cavalry commander, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, to screen his army’s movement from the enemy. Stuart’s cavalry fanned out across the Loudoun Valley in northern Virginia.

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