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Rixeyville in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Little Fork Rangers Monument

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
1. The Little Fork Rangers Monument
Inscription.
1861.
Affectionately dedicated to
The Little Fork Rangers
{Co. D, 4. Va. Cavalry.}
For heroic deeds, and
Patriotic devotion.
1865.

Firm as the firmest where duty led,
They hurried without falter;
Bold as the boldest they fought and bled,
The battled wore on, but the fields were red,
And the blood of their fresh young hearts was shed,
On their Country’s hallowed altar.
                                —Ryan

(West face is inscribed with four columns of names)

 
Erected 1904.
 
Location. 38° 35.992′ N, 77° 57.271′ W. Marker is in Rixeyville, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Shade Road (County Route 624) and Little Fork Church Road (County Route 726) on Oak Shade Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rixeyville VA 22737, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Fork Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Fork Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Culpeper County / Rappahannock County (approx. 5.1 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas
The Little Fork Rangers Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
2. The Little Fork Rangers Monument
(approx. 5.1 miles away); Corbin's Crossroads (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 5.7 miles away); Hinson's Ford (approx. 6.3 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rixeyville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the front lawn of the Little Fork Episcopal Church which is half a mile east of Rixeyville Road (Va Route 229).
 
Regarding The Little Fork Rangers Monument. The Little Fork Church grounds were used as a drill field by the Little Fork Rangers, a cavalry company formed in 1860 in Culpeper County.
 
Also see . . .  Little Fork Church National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. "Little Fork's churchyard contains no graves but does possess a large marble monument erected in 1904 to the memory of the Little Fork Rangers, a Confederate company." (Submitted on September 26, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. In Memory of My Brother
North Inscription at Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
3. North Inscription at Rear of Monument

by Abram Joseph Ryan (1839–1886)
Stanza inscribed on monument is from this short poem by Father Ryan, published in 1880.

Young as the youngest who donned the Gray,
      True as the truest that wore it,
Brave as the bravest he marched away,
(Hot tears on the cheeks of his mother lay)
Triumphant waved our flag one day—
      He fell in the front before it.

Firm as the firmest, where duty led,
      He hurried without a falter;
Bold as the boldest he fought and bled,
And the day was won—but the field was red—
And the blood of his fresh young heart was shed
      On his country’s hallowed altar.

On the trampled breast of the battle plain
      Where the foremost ranks had wrestled,
On his pale, pure face not a mark of pain,
(His mother dreams they will meet again)
The fairest form amid all the slain,
      Like a child asleep he nestled.

In the solemn shades of the wood that swept
      The field where his comrades found him,
They buried him there—and the big tears crept
Into strong men’s eyes that had seldom wept.
(His mother—God pity her—smiled and slept,
      Dreaming her arms were around him.)

A grave in the woods with the grass o’ergrown,
      A grave in the heart of his mother—
His
Bas Relief on East Face of Base image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
4. Bas Relief on East Face of Base
clay in the one lies lifeless and lone;
There is not a name, there is not a stone,
And only the voice of the winds maketh moan
O’er the grave where never a flower is strewn
      But—his memory lives in the other.
    — Submitted September 24, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Roster of Names on West Face image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
5. Roster of Names on West Face
Statue on the Little Fork Rangers Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 23, 2007
6. Statue on the Little Fork Rangers Monument
 
 
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