Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Chapman-Ruﬀner House
Boyhood Home of the “Fighting Chapmans”
—Mosby's Confederacy —
After the war began, they and their brother Edmond Gaines Chapman served in the local Dixie Artillery. When it disbanded in October 1862, they dispersed to different units. Edmond served out the war in the Purcell Artillery, while his brothers eventually joined Mosby’s Rangers. Shortly after the fight at Miskel’s Farm in Loudoun County in the spring of 1863, Sam returned here to recuperate from wounds.
Of William Chapman’s leadership abilities, another Ranger’s mother later said, “It seemed to me he knew everything.” After Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Chapman offered the Rangers’ surrender to Union Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, but Mosby soon opted to disband them instead. Complimenting Mosby’s right-hand man, Hancock described Chapman as “important as Mosby.”
An ordained minister, Sam Chapman was known as Mosby’s “Fighting Parson” and was said to have “embraced combat as if it were an article of faith.” Mosby
Erected 2003 by Summers-Koontz Camp #490, with a grant from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and participating funding from the Ruffner House B&B.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 40.163′ N, 78° 27.291′ W. Marker is in Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker can be reached from Ruffner House Lane. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 Ruffner House Lane, Luray VA 22835, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cavalry Engagement (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fisher’s Hill and Yager’s Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Heroes Monument (approx. half a mile away); Massanutten School (approx. half a mile away); A Slave Auction Block (approx. half a mile away); White House Ferry (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Carmel Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Willow Grove Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Luray.
More On the upper middle of the marker are two portraits captioned, Samuel Forrer Chapman and his newlywed, the former Eliza Rebecca Elgin, “Miss Beck”. The photo is believed to have been taken shortly after their wedding in Marshall, Fauquier County, Virginia. and William Henry Chapman, shown here in what may have been his uniform while captain of the Dixie Artillery. On the right side of the marker is a map captioned, Civil War Sites of Luray.
Regarding The Chapman-Ruffner House. This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Lt. Col. William Henry Chapman. Mosby'sRangers.com Biography
2. The Lt. Col. William Henry Chapman Society.
3. The Ruffner House B & B.
4. The Ruffner House. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
5. Page County Civil War Markers.
6. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia.
1. William H. Chapman
A student at the University of Virginia at the opening of the war, William H. Chapman first enlisted with a group of students from the University in a company named the "Southern Guards." Chapman returned to Page County after Governor John Letcher urged men of the unit to return to their homes and "help organize and drill companies for the defense of the state." On arriving in the county, William began drilling the "Page Grays," which later became Co. H of the 33rd Virginia Infantry (part of the Stonewall Brigade). Chapman declined an opportunity to serve as an officer of the Grays with the hope of forming an artillery battery. An opportunity arose when John Kaylor Booton organized the Dixie Artillery at Honeyville, just to the south of Luray. By October 1861, Chapman was elected captain of the battery. Following the disbandment of this unit in October 1862, Chapman joined Mosby's Rangers.
Following the war, Chapman served in various positions with the aid and influence of President U.S. Grant. The positions included a stint in the railway mail service and the Federal Revenue Service. Chapman was actually wounded in one raid upon an illegal still operation near Atlanta. Residencies included Alexandria, Fauquier, Gordonsville, and Richmond, Virginia; and Milton and Greensboro, North Carolina. He died on September 13, 1929 at his home at 840 West Market Street, Greensboro and was buried in Green Hill Cemetery in that same city. Ironically, Chapman's father, also named William Chapman, is buried in Luray's Green Hill Cemetery.
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