Battle of Upperville Historical Marker
Backstory and Context
The fighting was furious and intense, but Major General Stuart was able to turn back the Federal army at Upperville. After withstanding the initial attack, Stuart redeployed his forces to take up a defensive position in Ashby’s Gap, a hill that is a few miles westward of Upperville. This was a risky move, since Lee’s infantry had just began to cross the Potomac River into Maryland a few miles north from there. Stuart’s position at entrance of the Shenandoah Valley successfully tarnished Pleasontson from making an accurate assessment of where the army of Northern Virginia was located. After the battle, Stuart moved his forces East and was unable to provide information about Union movements to Lee ahead of the battle of Gettysburg.
“Upperville.” Nps.gov, National Parks Service, www.nps.gov/abpp/battles/va038.htm.