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The Battle of Morton's Ford was a battle of the American Civil War, fought February 6–7, 1864.
To distract attention from a planned cavalry-infantry raid up the Virginia Peninsula on Richmond, the Union Army of the Potomac forced several crossings of the Rapidan River on February 6, 1864. A II Corps division under Maj. Gen. John C. Caldwell crossed at Morton's Ford, the I Corps at Raccoon Ford. Union cavalry crossed at Robertson's Ford. Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia resisted the crossings. Fighting was sporadic, but most severe at Morton's Ford. By February 7, 1864, the attacks had stalled, and the Union army withdrew during the night. The results were inconclusive, but cost 723 casualties between the armies.