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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

June 21, 1863

Small Skirmishes in Gettysburg Campaign

There were a number of small skirmishes as the Army of Northern Virginia made its way through the Shenandoah Valley, into Maryland and then Pennsylvania.

One of these was an engagement near Upperville, Virginia, in which Union cavalry tried to get through the screen set up by Confederate cavalry under General J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart was forced to take a defensive position, although the battle itself was inconclusive. He then began to attempt to circumvent the Union Army of the Potomac; this would become a controversial decision as the maneuver essentially cut him off from contact with General Robert E. Lee until the Battle of Gettysburg had already begun.