Battle of Kelly's Ford 160th Anniversary Guided Tour

Partner Event
March 18, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

Graffiti House
19484 Brandy Road
Brandy Station, VA 22714

Although overshadowed by the much larger Battle of Brandy Station several months later, the Battle of Kelly's Ford on March 17, 1863 was a significant marker in the growing capacity of the United States cavalry to meet and defeat its Confederate counterparts during the American Civil War. The battle resulted in the death of Alabama native Major John Pelham, whose celebrity status during and after the war still impacts Culpeper County's landscape.

Join Dan Davis, author and Senior Education Associate for the American Battlefield Trust, and John Christiansen, Executive Director of the Museum of Culpeper History, for a guided combination trolley/ walking tour of sites on the Kelly's Ford battlefield on Saturday, March 18. The tour trolley will depart at 10:00 AM from the Graffiti House Museum located at 19484 Brandy Road in Brandy Station. Participant parking will be at the Graffiti House. The tour is expected to last three hours and will include three stops around the battlefield with short walks of up to 1/4 mile at each location.

Attendees should bring water, wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions. Walking areas contain potentially uneven, difficult and rugged terrain, and are unpaved. Participants may be photographed for use in promotional and marketing material by the event organizers and sponsors.

Due to limited capacity, advance registration is highly recommended.

Sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust, Culpeper Battlefield Tours, the Museum of Culpeper History, Culpeper Tourism, and the Brandy Station Foundation.