Confederate cavalry splashes across a creek in the Loudoun Valley of Virginia and prepare to defend against oncoming Pleasonton’s oncoming Union troopers off in the distance. (Click each photo to enlarge it)
Long lines of opposing cavalry prepare to advance. The lush farm fields will soon be torn asunder by the thundering hooves of hundreds of horses.
Some of Fitzhugh Lee’s veteran Virginians scream the Rebel yell and gallop forward toward the awaiting New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians.
The Yankees in response launch a major countercharge, which will sweep past their advance dismounted skirmishers.
“Forward, at the gallop!”
The battle is joined!