On June 6 of the year 2003, a victory was marked for those who call themselves preservationists. Brandy Station Battlefield Park in Brandy Station, Virginia was opened in a grand celebration. What was significant about Brandy Station? This was the scene of the largest calvary battle that has ever been fought in America?s history. More than one thousand men lost their lives there that day on that battlefield while twenty thousand brave men fought. Some fought and won. Others fought and loss.
It has proclaimed a victory for the Confederate army although others say that this particular battle was one that instead strengthened the opposing Union Army. This is why those who knew the history fought long and hard to have this historic site preserved and honored. Many developments were proposed to take away this hallow ground, but the preservationists prevailed. Had it not been for these caring people (perhaps some of their own ancestors died on this ground?), this historic site would have too been swallowed up by land developers and remembered no more for the historic turn taken by the Civil War on its hallow grounds.
Just such research into genealogy yields these types of important facts and lays claims to land that otherwise might have turned into a commercial or residential site. Instead, it is a testament to the lives that spent their last moments there, on that field, on June 9, 1863 so long ago, in a battle fought, won and lost by brothers, sons and fathers.
Today the field instead of a sign of victory for those who preserved it and those who fought there. If you visit Brandy Station, Virginia you can walk the park?s walking trails or drive through the site. I commend those who took a stand where so many others stood and fell. This is one such reward of researching your genealogy for rich sites and sounds that would otherwise be forgotten.