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Trust Announces Culpeper Battlefield Success

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Fleetwood Hill on Brandy Station battlefield, photo courtesy of nps.gov Fleetwood Hill on Brandy Station battlefield, photo courtesy of nps.gov

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - The Civil War Trust says it has successfully completed a $3.6 million national fundraising campaign to preserve 56 acres on the Brandy Station battlefield in Culpeper County.

The so-called Fleetwood Hill property is the core battlefield of the Brandy Station battle that occurred 150 years ago in June 2013. Nearly 20,000 troopers in blue and gray engaged in the battle of Brandy Station. The battle resulted in 1,000 casualties and defeat for Union forces.

The epicenter of the battle occurred on the slopes of Fleetwood Hill.

The trust says Brandy Station is best known as the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent. Historians also consider it the beginning of the Gettysburg campaign.

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