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Mosby’s Midnight Raid

 
 
Mosby's Midnight Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 31, 2008
1. Mosby's Midnight Raid Marker
Inscription. Col. John Singleton Mosby formed the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry “to weaken the armies invading Virginia by harassing their rear.” Near midnight on 8 March 1863, he led his horsemen undetected through Union lines to disrupt communications between Dranesville and Alexandria. Without losing a man or firing a shot, Mosby and his Rangers rode into and out of the garrisoned village of Fairfax Court House and captured Union Brig. General Stoughton in his bed, as well as two captains, thirty enlisted men, and fifty-eight horses. It was Mosby’s most famous raid.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 26.)
 
Location. 38° 50.489′ N, 77° 18.564′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Chain Bridge Road / Ox Road (State Highway 123) and Armstrong Street, on the right when traveling north on Chain Bridge Road / Ox Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Confederate Officer Killed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairfax Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fairfax Rosenwald School
Mosby's Midnight Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 31, 2008
2. Mosby's Midnight Raid Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Joshua Gunnell House (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Tribute to The Men of Fairfax County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fairfax County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fairfax Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Fairfax Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,270 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the Truro Episcopal Rectory, Barbour House, and Murray Home - landmarks of the raid. • Can you help?
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