Saturday, July 13, 2013



Civil War Sesquicentennial Event

The Both Sides Tour will visit and explore two sites where Union cavalry showed it was finally worthy of doing battle with their Confederate counterparts in 1863. The first stop will be at Kelly's Ford, where on March 17, 1863, the Union cavalry fought toe-to-toe with Fitzhugh Lee's Confederates. This is also the site of the mortal wounding of the "Gallant Pelham," Stuart's horse artillery commander and a significant loss to the Southern cause. We'll next visit the "Graffiti House" near the depot at Brandy Station, where the walls are covered with names, drawings and inscriptions left by soldiers from both armies. After lunch at Country Cookin' in Culpeper, we'll return to the ground at Brandy Station, where a surprise attack by Alfred Pleasanton's Union cavalry nearly handed J.E.B. Stuart his first major loss of the war on June 9, 1863. We'll visit Beverly's Ford and Fleetwood Hill (Stuart's HQ site), among other areas of the battlefield.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sponsored by the Franconia Museum

Start the day at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts at the Franconia Museum, 6121 Franconia Road. Board a comfortable rest-room equipped motor coach for the trip to Culpeper County. Along the way, we'll discuss the leaders and how the Confederate cavalry had dominated its Union foes in the first two years of the war, but now the tide would turn. We'll also discuss how the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers played significant roles in the movements of both armies, and you'll learn about recent preservation efforts that have resulted in Fleetwood Hill being saved!  Hear vignettes along the way

COST: $100.00 Each. Includes Bus Ride, Buffet Lunch (including gratuity) and a Snack Card to spend on the way home, as well as all entrance fees.

Jeb Stuart

Coming in Spring 2014: The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse

Both Sides Tour October 26, 2013 Registration Form

Contact Don Hakenson at 703-971-4984 or

Carl Sell at 703-971-4716 or

Ben Trittipoe at 703-530-0829 or  


Cost: $100.00. Cost includes bus, lunch, and a fast-food value card on the way home. Entrance fees to the historic sites and a contribution to the Franconia Museum. Bottled water will be provided on the bus. No cancellations after October 10, 2013.  Tour Held Rain or Shine.  Leave from Franconia Museum at Franconia Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Road. Free parking. Arrive at 8:00 a.m. for tour of museum, coffee and donuts. Bus leaves at 8:15 a.m. sharp!

Make checks payable to Don Hakenson.

Mail to:

Both Sides Tour

4708 Lillian Drive

Franconia, VA22310

Coming in Spring 2014: The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse