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Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mosby’s Rock

 
 
Mosby's Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
1. Mosby's Rock Marker
Inscription. The large boulder, located just south of here, served as an important landmark during the Civil War, when Col. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers (43d Battalion, Virginia Cavalry) assembled there to raid Union outposts, communications, and supply lines. Laura Ratcliffe, a young woman who lived nearby and spied for Mosby, concealed money and messages for him under the rock. Mosby credited her with saving him from certain capture by Federal cavalry on one occasion. She also was a friend of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C 25.)
 
Location. 38° 56.789′ N, 77° 24.955′ W. Marker is in Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of McNair Farms Road and Squirrel Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on McNair Farms Road. Click for map. Near the entrance to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20171, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Meeting Place with the Marker Beside the Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 17, 2007
2. The Meeting Place with the Marker Beside the Road
The stand of trees to the right of the picture was the general location of the rock. Just to the north of Frying Pan Creek, and conveniently in a quiet corner close to several of the historic roads, the site was a perfect meeting spot for Mosby's clandestine operations.
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mosby's Rock (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frying Pan Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Frying Pan Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); Civil War at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); Laura Ratcliffe (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid (approx. 2.3 miles away); Herndon Station (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Herndon.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,212 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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