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On the morning of June 11, 1864, Custer’s Michigan cavalrymen were picketing the historic Marquis Road when, at around 5:00 a.m., Confederate horsemen under Gen. Williams Wickham surprised the Yankees, many of whom were eating breakfast. Wickham’s Virginians drove the Federals up the Marquis Road capturing several of Custer’s men. Ultimately, the Wolverines repulsed Wickham’s attack before being called away to another part of the field. However, the fierce firefight marked the beginning of the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War. The Battle of Trevilian Station had begun.

Thanks to members like you, the Civil War Trust has saved more than 1,700 acres at Trevilian Station, second only to Brandy Station in the acreage we've saved at a single battlefield. However, the site of Wickham’s charge against Custer—the opening action of the Battle of Trevilian Station—has been left unprotected. You have the chance to change that.

We are currently working to save two acres associated with the "first contact" between Union and Confederate forces at Trevilian Station. Wickham’s Virginians charged over this land in their fight with Custer’s Wolverines. Preserving this ground is the first step toward interpreting this crucial, opening phase of one the Civil War’s most famous cavalry battles.

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