Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Spies, Mosby and Marr
On March 9, 1863, Confederate Col. John S. Mosby and 29 of his rangers entered Fairfax and captured Union Gen. Edwin Stoughton while he slept at the Gunnell house. In this daring raid, Mosby also captured two captains, 30 privates and 58 horses. Learning of Stoughton's capture, President Abraham Lincoln remarked, “I don't care so much about the loss of the general, as I can make another with the stroke of a pen . . . but I sure hate to lose those horses.”
During the early years of the war, Fairfax resident Antonia Ford charmed soldiers from North and South with her beauty and conversation. Impressed with her ability to recall details from those conversations, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart presented her with a written commission “as my honorary aide-de-camp.” During a search of the Ford home, following Mosby's 1863 raid, Union officials discovered
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 50.679′ N, 77° 18.03′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street (Virginia Route 236) west of Locust Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Fairfax Elementary School (here, next to this marker); Draper House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Draper House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ratcliffe-Allison House (Earp’s) (approx. ¼ mile away); Pozer Garden (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
Also see . . .
1. Skirmish at Fairfax Court House, June 1, 1861. (Submitted on October 15, 2006.)
2. The Capture of Baron Rudolph de Wardener. "The Austrian Tangles with the Gray Ghost." 2006 article by Page Johnson in the Fairfax County, Virginia South County Chronicle. Mosby also captured an Austrian Baron visiting General Stoughton. (Submitted on November 3, 2006.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,797 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.