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Between the Rivers - CC - 32 Miles

The largest cavalry battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Brandy Station, occurred on June 9, 1863 and involved nearly 17,000 horsemen under Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Union Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. Amid rumors of a possible major Confederate offensive, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (famous for "Hooker's Girls" and you know the rest of the story), commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, assigned a reconnaissance-in-force to Pleasonton's 11,000 man cavalry. Though the Confederates could claim the victory, the Battle of Brandy Station, remarked one Confederate, "made the Federal cavalry." Along with this new-found confidence, Union horsemen discovered the position of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates were slipping west, to the Shenandoah Valley on Lee's last great offensive, which would end a month later at Gettysburg. Lee's strategy that fateful day in July included a flanking maneuver by JEB Stuart, but he had his hands full with the newly formed Union cavalry and one Captain Custer who distinguished himself at the Battle of Kelly's Ford. You're going to like this ride and six miles before the end we stop for lunch at the Inn at Kelly's Ford. The Pelham's Pub (Maj. John Pelham commander of Stuart's horse artillery – Stuart wrote Pelham’s mother, “I loved him as a brother; he was so noble, so chivalrous, so pure of heart, so beloved.”) downstairs invites us with outdoor seating and a grand vista of an equestrian meadow. If you’re not happy at Kelly’s Ford, we’ll check you for a pulse. "Now, of my fourscore years and ten, sixty will not come again, And take from ninety springs three score, It only leaves me thirty more." - John Wannen Cell:[masked] or email [masked]

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  • Woody L.

    No 4 but 15 people attended. It is the best ride for C riders <35 miles and a very nice for CC riders, mostly flat but with some hills. The riders split as follow:[masked]-2. My wife and I started 10 min earlier and finished last, she is a C rider and she is advancing slowly to CC riders.

    April 22, 2013

  • Shirley M L.

    The ride was great. The wind was a little strong but I survived.

    April 21, 2013

  • Pete L.

    This ride is always a treat, great scenery, good roads, very little traffic, and the Kelly's Ford Inn just 6 miles from the end as a lunch stop. Today a little chill in the air didn't make a bit of difference compared to the warm sun and blue skies. This is a ride that everyone should try at least once as it has something for everybody.

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    found 2 friends to come along

    April 19, 2013

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