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Dover in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stuart and Bayard
 
Stuart and Bayard Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
1. Stuart and Bayard Marker
 
Inscription. After the Battle of Antietam on 17 Sept. 1862, Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia recrossed the Potomac River into Virginia. After President Abraham Lincoln’s constant urging, the Union Army of the Potomac, led by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, pursued them. Lee ordered part of his army south to Culpeper Court House. To screen Lee’s march, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s troopers fought a series of engagements against the probing Federal cavalry. On 31 Oct., Stuart attacked Brig. Gen. George D. Bayard’s command near Mountville, drove it southeast through Aldie and discovered the Union army’s left flank.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 30.)
 
Location. 38° 58.522′ N, 77° 40.032′ W. Marker is in Dover, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50) and Champe Ford Road (County Route 632), on the right when traveling east on John Mosby Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middleburg VA 20117, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Revolutionary War Hero (here, next to this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Cavalry Battles (here, next to this marker); Sergeant Major John Champe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snickersville Turnpike (approx. one mile away); Battle of Aldie (approx. 1.2 miles away); America's Oldest Agriculture College (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mercer’s Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dover.
 
Four Markers at Dover, VA Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
2. Four Markers at Dover, VA
 

 
More about this marker. A marker with this same title and number was erected in the late 1920s or early 1930s on U.S. 50 in Aldie. It was listed as missing in Margaret Peters’ 1985 edition of A Guidebook to Virginia’s Historical Markers. The text read “Near here Stuart attacked the Union cavalry under Bayard, October 31, 1862. Bayard withdrew in the night to Chantilly.” —Ed
 
Also see . . .  Fort Bayard. General Bayard lent his name to one of the Washington, D.C. Fortifications. (Submitted on June 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
George Dashiell Bayard Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, circa 1862
3. George Dashiell Bayard
Brigadier General of Volunteers, Colonel of the First Pennsylvania Calvary
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,633 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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