Portrait of George G. Meade

The Union victory at the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station emboldened Major General George G. Meade to launch the Mine Run Campaign in November 1863. [Wikimedia Commons]

Second Battle of Rappahannock Station Facts

November 7, 1863

Key facts about the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station.

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Date

  • November 7, 1863

Location

  • Culpeper County, Virginia
  • Fauquier County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • 3rd Corps (Army of the Potomac)
  • 6th Corps (Army of the Potomac)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Early’s Division of Ewell’s Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 2,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 419 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 1,670 (70 killed/wounded, 1,600 captured)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • The Union victory at the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station forced Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to retreat even farther south than hoped before establishing winter quarters
  • The Union victory at the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station emboldened Major General George G. Meade to launch the Mine Run Campaign in November 1863.

Timeline of the Bristoe Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Bristoe Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Second Battle of Rappahannock Station Facts
  • Coverage November 7, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Second Battle of Rappahannock Station
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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