The Grand Review

Brandy Station


March, 2018



President: William Truitt Vice President: Don Carlson Treasurer: Gary Wilson Secretary: Erich Fritz Board of Directors: Barry Atchison, Jane Brookins, Helen Geisler, Eugene Hankinson, Paula Johnson, Howard Lambert, Kimberly Lillard, Peggy Misch, Dan Orr, John Orr, Denise Smith, Jim Woehr, Paula Woehr.




Wade Hampton CSA will be the topic of Dr. Daniel Beattie’s talk at the Annual Meeting

(Glass Negative from Library of Congress


The Brandy Station Foundation Annual Meeting of the Membership will be Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Brandy Station Fire Hall, 19601 Church Road, Brandy Station at 6:00 PM with dinner served by the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary at 6:45 PM. The cost for the dinner is $25 per person.  A cash bar will be available. The membership will vote on the slate of  Officers and Board of Directors for the year 2018 presented by the Nominating Committee and any other matters to be brought before the Membership at the short but important meeting. Please remember that in order to be a voting member of the BSF your 2018 dues must be paid by the date of this meeting. The popular silent auction with have proceeds going to the Brandy Station Foundation. Please make reservations by April 12th as a count will be provided to the Ladies Auxiliary.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Daniel Beattie, will present a talk on Wade Hampton. provides the following information on Wade Hampton: Wade Hampton III (1818-1902) was a South Carolina plantation owner and politician who served as a Confederate general during the Civil War (1861-65). He personally organized “Hampton’s Legion” at the outbreak of the Civil War and played a key role in the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). He participated in the Peninsula Campaign in 1862 and later served at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Brandy Station and Gettysburg.


Daniel Beattie is a former librarian, New York City welfare investigator, infantryman, Public Information Officer for the USDA Forest Service, professor of History and Political Science, and businessman. He earned a BA from the City University of New York, and a MA and PhD in History from Duke University. For many years he served on the Boards of Trustees of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and the Civil War Preservation Trust, and has received the highest Preservationist Award of both groups. He sat on the Board of the Brandy Station Foundation for about 10 years. He has been instrumental in saving each of the preserved parcels of land of Brandy Station battlefield and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Brandy Station Foundation. The author lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dan is the author of Brandy Station 1863: First step towards Gettysburg (London: Osprey Publishing, 2008).





April 20 2018. Opens at 6:00 PM for the Welcome Reception including a cash bar and silent auction. Chicken buffet dinner with assorted desserts begins at 6:45 PM. The annual meeting is at 7:30 PM followed by guest speaker Dr. Daniel Beattie


Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 19601 Church Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714



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Park Day, April 7, 2018


On Saturday, April 7, 2018, history buffs, community leaders, and preservationists will aid in the maintenance and restoration of numerous sites as part of Park Day, the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever with over 155 historic sites in 32 states. Our BSF point of contact, Eugene Hankinson, will have free Tee-shirts donated by the Civil War Trust to distribute to volunteers as well as our grateful thanks. 
At the Kelly’s Ford Crossing site during the Battle of Brandy Station in Culpeper County, the Brandy Station Foundation will host a Park Day event beginning at 9AM. Needs include trash pickup and clearing obstacles to pedestrians on a path to the Rappahannock. Please dress appropriately for doing work in a heavily wooded area: Gloves, hard shoes or boots, long pants, & hats. Please bring tools to help with the clearing of this site. Rakes, large trimmer shears, small branch snippers. A local historian will also be available to describe the park’s significance. For more information about Park Day at Kelly’s Ford Crossing, please contact Eugene Hankinson at 540-439-0874 or by e-mail at


President’s Corner


We are waiting to learn on the progress of a Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields State Park. The land would include sites where the Battle of Brandy Station (June 9, 1863) and Battle of Cedar Mountain (August 9, 1862) were fought during the Civil War. The park would provide the Commonwealth with a unique opportunity to showcase our history, increase tourism, and promote outdoor recreation in a region currently underserved by the Virginia state park system.


 As of March 2018, the Virginia General Assembly has not yet been able to agree on a budget;  Governor Ralph Northam has called a special session of the legislature to begin next month, on April 11th. Until the budget moves forward, any progress on the state park remains on hold. The Virginia Association for Parks at its October 1, 2016 meeting passed a resolution in support of creating a Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields State Park. Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain battlefields in Culpeper County are among the most significant sites of the American Civil War.


I would like to invite each and every one of you to our Annual Meeting of the Membership and Dinner on April 20th and our Tribute Day on June 10th. I look forward to seeing you there.


William Truitt, President Brandy Station Foundation 757-371-6451



Book Review


Fighting the Second Civil War, A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, by Bob Zeller.  Published by the Civil War Trust, 2017.

The Civil War Trust is a very successful, very large organization.  It wasn’t always that way.  This book offers a fascinating history of the growth of the Trust, in which the preservation of the Brandy Station Battlefield played a significant part.  The author includes many accounts of the battles, challenges, triumphs, and defeats involved in battlefield preservation over the past few decades.   As well as Brandy Station, preservation efforts at Manassas, Fredericksburg, Franklin, Tennessee, Gettysburg, and others are detailed.  If you have an interest in history, politics, business, public relations, tourism, government, fundraising, or psychology; there is something in this book for you.  The book is available for sale online and for checkout at local libraries.

Reviewed by Don Carlson, Vice President, Brandy Station Foundation



Tribute Day June 9, 2018 & St. James Commemorative Service June 10th


Saturday, June 9, 2018 will be the Brandy Station Foundation’s Tribute Day: Honoring Veterans and First Responders. The Brandy Station Foundation will hold this event to honor veterans and first responders The special event will be from 10:00 - 3:00 at the "old" Brandy Station Fire Hall (across from the "new" Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 19601 Church Road, Brandy Station, VA) and from 3:00 - 5:00 at the Graffiti House (19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station, VA). The family friendly event will be free to all with donations to the Brandy Station Foundation gratefully accepted. The Program of Events will include Graffiti House tours, lectures, displays, a battlefield tour, hospital tent, a railroad display, story telling, dancing, the Honor Service and a Children's Corner with antique toys and artifacts. On Sunday, June 10th, there will be a commemorative service at the Church on the Brandy Station Battlefield at 9:30 AM followed by a reception at the Graffiti House. Please continue to check our website or contact for additional information about this upcoming event.


2018 Sunday Seminar Series at the Graffiti House


The Brandy Station Foundation 2018 Sunday lecture series begins in April and is held on the last Sunday of each month from April through September and begins at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, the lectures are free (although donations are welcome), and free refreshments are provided by BSF board members and friends.


April 29, 2018 Eric Buckland "Stories from Mosby's Rangers”


By the end of the War Between the States, about 800 men had been mustered into the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry (Mosby’s Rangers), but nearly 2000 men had rode with them at one time or another over the period of January 1, 1863 to April 21, 1865. Many participated in only a raid or two in order to obtain a new mount or other equipment before returning to their actual unit – Southern cavalrymen had to provide their own mounts and it became known that going on a raid with the Rangers was often an effective means of capturing what was needed (Thank you, Uncle Sam!). Others, with their comrades, joined in on a raid when their unit was operating in “Mosby’s Confederacy.” In some cases, men who had been home convalescing from wounds used the opportunity of riding with the Rangers to re-equip themselves before, once again, heading back to Lee’s Army. A few, after a raid or two, found that the Ranger’s life was not for them and disappeared. All are considered Mosby Rangers. 


Unfortunately, hundreds of the men considered to be Mosby Rangers have virtually “disappeared” from history. Aside from a slip or two of paper in the National Archives documenting their enlistment, period of service or parole at the end of the war, there is little information about the men that has been discovered by the public. Those men, who drove their Union adversaries to distraction during the war, and still captivate our imagination today, are, seemingly, ghosts.


 For the past ten years, Eric Buckland has spent countless hours attempting to fill in the missing pieces on some of those “ghosts”. His primary purpose in publishing his books and in giving presentations is to share what he has been able to find out about the Rangers. Eric believes that the stories are worth telling…..and remembering. 

In his presentation entitled “Stories from Mosby’s Rangers”, Eric will share little known facts and anecdotes about some of the men who rode with Mosby. What has fascinated him throughout the last ten years – and we think will fascinate you, as well – is that many of the true stories are almost unbelievable. Another compelling aspect of the Rangers’ stories are the fact that their actions then have continued to have a lasting impact up until today. 


Join us for a collection of amazing, mesmerizing, humorous and poignant stories about Mosby’s Rangers!


May 27, 2018  Richard Deardoff  Topic to be announced


June 24, 2018 Eric Cox "The Little Fork Rangers"


July 29, 2018 William Connery Topic to be announced


August 26, 2018 David Goetz “Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies”

September 30, 2018 Anita Henderson, "Maria Lewis, Black Female Trooper of the 8th NY cavalry"




 Battle of Brandy Station Battlefield Tours



Jim and Broadus Bowman read one of the markers on the Battle of Brandy Stations Fleetwood Hill walking trail.

Tours of the Brandy Station Battlefield conducted by volunteers will begin again this spring. Some tours will be scheduled but we will also sponsor tours based upon guest requests. For more information and for pricing, please contact the volunteer coordinator at the Graffiti House, Denise Smith, at 571-426-2774 or All proceeds go to the work of the Brandy Station Foundation. 






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