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Verdiersville in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stuart's “Very Narrow Escape”

 
 
Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 5, 2008
1. Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape" Marker
Inscription. At dawn on 18 Aug. 1862, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was awakened by the clatter of approaching cavalry. Expecting Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to join him in scouting Maj. Gen. John Pope's Union army, Stuart was surprised by Federal troopers instead. Mounting his horse Skylark, Stuart vaulted a fence and barely escaped, but lost his hat. The next day, he wrote his wife that "I am greeted on all sides with congratulations and 'where's your hat!' I intend to make the Yankees pay for that hat." On 22 Aug., raiding Catlett Station, Stuart captured Pope's gaudy dress uniform coat and later suggested an exchange of "prisoners" to no avail.
 
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ 12.)
 
Location. 38° 16.313′ N, 77° 53.768′ W. Marker is in Verdiersville, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Highway (State Highway 20) and Mine Run Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling east on Constitution Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rhoadesville VA 22542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign of 1781 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mine Run Campaign
Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape" Marker
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Face Off (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mine Run Campaign (approx. 5.2 miles away); Robinson's Tavern (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Mine Run Campaign (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Mine Run Campaign (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Battle of Payne’s Farm (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. A previous marker also numbered JJ-12 read, Near here, early morning August 18, 1862, General J.E.B. Stuart narrowly escaped capture.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Stuart's Revenge detailed in markers.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Old Verdiersville House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Old Verdiersville House
This house standing on Route 621, about a mile north of the Constitution Highway, stands near the location of the house where Stuart was surprised.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,314 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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