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Kelly's Ford

March 17, 1863

Culpeper County, Virginia

The Kelly's Ford Battlefield, nestled on the verdant southern bank of the Rappahannock River, has much to offer historians, hikers, and fishermen. Traveling over land preserved by the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area and the Civil War Trust, visitors are encouraged to find the "Gallant Pelham" memorial, see the still-standing remains of battlefield landmarks and field hospitals, and follow mild hiking trails to the original site of the brave Union river assault.

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See where "The Gallant Pelham" Fell at Kelly's Ford

Bucolic Kelly's Ford was the scene of a clash between opposing cavalry in March 1863 and where the dashing Confederate artilleryman John Pelham was fatally wounded.

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