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Auburn Battlefield, Fauquier Co.

Auburn Battlefield is the site of Civil War actions fought on the 13th and 14th of October 1863, during the Bristoe Campaign, between the forces of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union Maj. General George G. Meade. The land area involved in the First Battle of Auburn is entirely encompassed by the larger Second Battle of Auburn fought on the following day.
   Military operations at Auburn and nearby locations in Virginia during the brief Bristoe Campaign demonstrated the decline of the Confederate army and its leadership in the aftermath of the North’s triumph at Gettysburg in July. The actions of the opposing forces reflect a great deal about the problems and qualities of leadership at that time in the war, and signaled the beginning of the long decline of the Confederacy. The Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) has recommended the Auburn Battlefield for inclusion in the National Register.