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Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station 

On November 7, 1863 Major General George Meade ordered his Army of the Potomac to undertake its first offensive campaign since Gettysburg. The Federals' objective was to fight their way across the upper Rappahannock River into Culpeper County.  True to form, General Robert E. Lee  had deployed his Army of Northern Virginia to aggressively meet the Union thrust, utilizing a fortified bridgehead at Rappahannock Station north of the river, Lee intended to force Meade to divide his army and lure part of it south of the river into a trap. 

 

Meade foresaw Lee's snare and wished to avoid it by moving his Army of the Potomac to Fredericksburg instead, but when Lincoln and Halleck vetoed that plan, Meade  was forced to play Lee's game.  The resulting bitter fighting at Kelly's Ford and Rappahannock Station produced a surprising Union success that threatened to wreck Lee's army; that is, if Meade could take advantage of his unexpected triumph by forcing the Rebels into battle near Culpeper Court House. Listen to this presentation to find out what happened. Though somewhat famous, this campaign has never been the subject of a thorough book-length study until Jeffrey Hunt's recently released Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station. At our next meeting the author of this important work will discuss the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of this remarkable story and share with us the many secrets of the campaign that have gone unreported until now.  

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Jeffrey William Hunt is the Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, which is the official museum of the Texas National Guard,  and  an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988.  Prior to taking the post at the Texas Military Forces Museum in 2007, he was the Curator of Collections and Director of the Living History Program at the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas for 11 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and a Masters Degree in History, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Mr. Hunt was appointed an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry, in recognition of his efforts to tell the story the Texas Navy during the period of the Texas Revolution and Republic.

 

He is a veteran reenactor, with 35 years of experience conducting, participating in and hosting a wide variety of events ranging from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War.


Mr. Hunt is the author of
 

Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign: From Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House (Savas Beatie, 2017, named Eastern Theater Book of the Year by Civil War Books & Authors; Winner of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Distinguished Book Award 2018)
 

Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg: From Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863 (Savas Beatie 2019)

 

Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station: The Army of the Potomac’s First Post-Gettysburg Offensive: From Kelly’s Ford to the Rapidan, October 21 to November 21, 1863 (Savas Beatie 2021)

 

The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch (University of Texas Press, 2002)

 

He is also a contributor to the Essential Civil War CurriculumThe Revised Handbook of Texas, The Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War, and North & South Magazine

 

The final book in his post-Gettysburg Series, Meade and Lee at Mine Run is forthcoming from Savas & Beatie in 2022.


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