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Saving Mount Defiance

Even well-read Civil War buffs may have only a vague notion of the 1863 battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville.  But did you know that the 1,500 casualties incurred at these three battles are more than what was suffered at the Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War?

At Middleburg, on June 19, 1863, Federal cavalrymen sought to fight their way through and around a strong Confederate line of defense anchored at Mount Defiance.  This position one mile to the west of Middleburg became one of the bloodiest battlefields of this intense cavalry campaign.  Veteran troopers from Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania fought with carbine, pistol, and sabre against Stuart's men from North Carolina and Virginia.

Now we have the chance to save 5 key acres atop Mount Defiance.  And thanks to a generous grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia, every donated dollar will be matched $10 to $1. So join us today in saving this hallowed ground at Middleburg.


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