Morton's Ford, Rapidan River
Civil War Virginia


American Civil War
February 6-7, 1864

To distract attention from a planned cavalry infantry raid up the Peninsula on Richmond, the Federal army forced several crossings of the Rapidan River on February 6.

A II Corps division crossed at Morton's Ford, the I Corps at Raccoon Ford.  Union cavalry crossed at Robertson's Ford. Ewell's Corps resisted the crossings.

Fighting was sporadic but most severe at Morton's Ford.  By February 7, the attacks had stalled, and the Federals withdrew during the night.

Result(s): Inconclusive

Location: Orange County and Culpeper County

Campaign: Demonstration on the Rapidan River (February 1864) only battle in campaign Campaigns

Date(s): February 6-7, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General J.C. Caldwell [US]; Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 723 total

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