Remington in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Rare Night Attack on the River
—Mosby’s Confederacy —
The most significant action here occurred Nov. 7, 1863, when Gen. George Meade’s Union Army of the Potomac launched a rare night attack resulting in a stunning tactical victory and the capture of more than 1,600 troops of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Only 400 Confederates escaped the disaster, many by swimming the frigid waters of the Rappahannock. Lee’s staff officer, Walter H. Taylor, summarized the affair at Rappahannock Station as “the saddest chapter in the history of this army.” Little did he know at the time that this would be the Army of Northern Virginia’s last defense of the upper Rappahannock River for the remainder of the war. Federal forces established major camps near the river and the railroad.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 31.899′ N, 77° 48.567′ W. Marker is in Remington, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is on Remington Road (Business U.S. 15/29) south of Summerduck Road (County Route 651). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Remington VA 22734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Hume (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fauquier County / Culpeper County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Kelly's Ford Battle of Kelly's Ford (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); Where Pelham Fell (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Brandy Station (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Remington.
More about this marker. In the upper left is a photo of The winter encampment of the 50th New York Engineers at Rappahannock Station in March 1864. In the upper right is a photo of Refugees following the Union Army retreat in August 1862, ford the Rappahannock River at Mill View. The grist mill and railroad bridge are in the background. In the lower right is a photo of The Rappahannock River Bridge at Mill View, August 1862. (Photos courtesy of Fort Ward Museum)
Also see . . . Battle of Rappahannock Station. This National Park Service summary also includes a self guided tour of the battlefield. (Submitted on September 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,438 times since then and 190 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.