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Some 17,000 mounted soldiers fought at the Battle of Brandy Station, making it the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War. On June 9, 1863, Major Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry division were screening the northern movement of Confederate troops toward Pennsylvania. Union forces led by Brigadier Gen. Alfred Pleasonton launched a surprise attack near Brandy Station. The daylong battle was considered a draw, but it would mark the high point of the Confederate cavalry in the east. Brandy Station became the opening battle of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg Campaign. The town got its name from a stagecoach stop that served brandy.
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