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Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill

 
 
Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2012
1. Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill Marker
Inscription. On 26 Nov. 1861, a 120-man detachment of Col. Robert Ransom Jr.'s 1st North Carolina Cavalry attacked 94 men of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry under Capt. Charles Bell. Ransom's men took Bell's detachment from the rear as the Pennsylvanians headed north on Lawyers Road out of Vienna. The panicked Union troops suffered significant losses in the two-mile long engagement, with one killed, six wounded, and 26 taken prisoner. Regarding his cavalry, recently appointed Confederate Brig. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart reported: "The result of this our first engagement with the enemy's cavalry is, I doubt not, highly satisfactory to the General-In-Chief."
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number BW 5.)
 
Location. 38° 54.57′ N, 77° 17.05′ W. Marker is in Vienna, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Lawyers Road (County Route 673) and Kedge Drive, on the right when traveling north on Lawyers Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vienna VA 22181, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Star Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); Salsbury Spring (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tracks into History
Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2012
2. Cavalry Engagement near Hunter's Mill Marker
(approx. one mile away); Vienna Station (approx. one mile away); Vienna Centennial Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Freeman Store and Museum (approx. 1.1 miles away); Terror by the Tracks (approx. 1.2 miles away); On June 17, 1861 (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vienna.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dated 2011 but was placed in April 2012.
 
Also see . . .  November 26, 1861. - Skirmish near Vienna, Va.
REPORTS
No.1-Capt. Charles A. Bell, Third Pennsylvania Cavalry
No.2-Col. Robert Ransom, Jr., First North Carolina Cavalry
(Submitted on April 21, 2012.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Looking southeast on Lawyers Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 14, 2012
3. Looking southeast on Lawyers Road
Looking down the modern road towards Vienna.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 132 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016.
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