Kelly's Ford was one of the early larger scale cavalry fights in Virginia that set the stage for Brandy Station and cavalry actions of the Gettysburg campaign.
Twenty-one hundred troopers of Averell's cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock River to attack the Confederate cavalry.
Fitzhugh Lee counterattacked with a brigade of about 800 men. The "Gallant" Pelham was killed.
After achieving a localized success, Union forces withdrew in mid-afternoon.
Location: Culpeper County
Campaign: Cavalry Operations along the Rappahannock (March 1863) only battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): March 17, 1863
Principal Commanders: Brigadier General William W. Averell [US]; Brigadier General Fitzhugh Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions (3,000 total)
Estimated Casualties: 200 total