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Haymarket in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Haymarket During the Civil War

“Pass Around Their Army Without Hindrance”

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
“Pass Around Their Army Without Hindrance” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 10, 2006
1. “Pass Around Their Army Without Hindrance” Marker
Inscription. On June 25, 1863, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and about 5,000 of his cavalrymen approached Haymarket. They acted on orders from commanding Gen. Robert E. Lee, who was on the western side of the Bull Run Mountains marching north to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania. He directed Stuart to “pass around their [U.S.] army without hindrance” to screen the Army of Northern Virginia from observation as it crossed the Potomac River. Stuart took the intended route north through Haymarket on the advice of the noted partisan ranger Maj. John S. Mosby.

Here, Stuart and U.S. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock’s II Corps converged on the Old Carolina Road simultaneously. Hancock, too, was marching north toward Leesburg. Stuart attacked the Federal wagon train and infantry, shelling them with six cannons. This bombardment “scattered men, wagons, and horses in wild confusion,” causing several Union casualties. The Federals regrouped, formed a battle line, and marched toward Stuart, forcing him to make a decision either to fight the larger force or to retreat. Stuart decided to withdraw southwest toward Buckland Mills and sent a courier to Lee detailing his change of plans. The courier never reached Lee with this vital news. Stuart began moving northward on a new route that took him 60 miles away from his intended
Close Up of Map on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 10, 2006
2. Close Up of Map on Marker
In addition to the Civil War Trail Site markers shown on this map (red stars), there is a new site on the Maryland side of the Potomac River between Dranesville and Rockville entitled "Rowser's Ford".
You can look them up in this database.
route and out of communication with Lee for eight critical days. The effect of the loss of contact between Lee and Stuart, his most trusted reconnaissance officer, on the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg has been debated ever since.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.74′ N, 77° 38.232′ W. Marker is in Haymarket, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Washington Street (John Marshall Highway) (Virginia Route 55) west of Jefferson Street (Old Carolina Road), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haymarket VA 20169, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haymarket During the War (here, next to this marker); Colonial Roads (within shouting distance of this marker); Haymarket Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's, Episcopal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 1.7 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bull Run Battlefields (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rock Fight (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Haymarket.
 
Related markers.
Two Markers Next to the Haymarket Museum Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, October 10, 2006
3. Two Markers Next to the Haymarket Museum
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,232 times since then. Last updated on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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