Saving 964 Acres at Kelly's Ford
On St. Patrick’s Day, 1863, 3,000 Union troopers clashed with 800 Confederate horsemen, in one of the largest cavalry clashes of the war, and a fight which was the “coming out” party of the re-energized Union cavalry. It was here that West Point classmates William Averell and Fitzhugh Lee squared off against each other near the banks of the Rapphannock River.
The land we are preserving at Kelly's Ford is the site of some of the heaviest fighting, and where the Union suffered most of their casualties that day. Its rare that we get the opportunity to save so much Civil War battlefield land in one fell swoop. So please join us in our campaign to save more of this unprotected battlefield.