“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dover in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Gettysburg Campaign

Gettysburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 5, 2007
1. Gettysburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. In June 1863, as Gen. Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia through Blue Ridge gaps to the Shenandoah Valley, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry screened the army from Federal observation. The Union cavalry chief, Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, dispatched Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg to penetrate Stuart’s screen. On 17 June, Gregg ordered Col. Alfred A.N. Duffie to reconnoiter from Aldie to Middleburg. Duffie drove off Confederate pickets there alerting Stuart. Duffie withdrew south of Middleburg, but Brig. Gen. Beverly H. Robertson’s brigade surrounded and almost wiped out Duffie’s command before it escaped the next morning.
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 32.)
Location. 38° 58.522′ N, 77° 40.032′ W. Marker is in Dover, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50) near Champe Ford Road (Route 632), on the right when traveling east. 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); Stuart and Bayard (here, next to this marker); Cavalry Battles
Four Markers at Dover, VA image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
2. Four Markers at Dover, VA
(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.
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 at the Middleburg town line. It was listed as missing in Margaret Peters’ 1985 edition of A Guidebook to Virginia’s Historical Markers. The text read “Here Stuart, screening Lee’s movement into Pennsylvania, was surprised by Duffie of Hooker’s cavalry and driven out of Middleburg, June 17, 1863. That night Stuart returned and drove Duffie out.” —Ed.
Also see . . .  Report of the Battle of Aldie. (Link to PDF) A more detailed account and a map of the June 17 action at Middleburg starts on page 6. (Submitted on June 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Action at Middleburg image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 29, 2007
3. Action at Middleburg
On 17 June, Col. Duffie fell back along The Plains Road (modern Route 626), adjacent to the stone wall pictured here. Two companies of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry fought elements of the 4th and 5th North Carolina Cavalry under Gen. Robertson in this vicinity. Surrounded, the Rhode Islanders fought detached actions throughout the night. Duffie, his staff, and around 60 men managed to return to Federal lines. More than 200 of the command were either killed or captured by the Confederate forces.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,422 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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