June 17, 1863: Battle of Aldie

After the battle of Second Winchester cleared Union troops from the Shenandoah Valley, Hooker was ignorant of the movements of Lee west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was imperative that Union cavalry break through Jeb Stuart’s cavalry cordon along the Blue Ridge passes that concealed Lee’s drive north.  The battle of Aldie set off a series of battles and skirmishes as Major General Alfred Pleasanton unsuccessfully attempted from June 17-21, to break through Stuart’s cavalry screen.  Go here to see a video that gives a good overview of these engagements.

Here is the official report of General Stuart on the battle: (more…)

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