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Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames

 
 
Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2006
1. Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker
Inscription. Sergeant James F. Ames of the 5th New York Cavalry deserted the Union army in Feb. 1863 and joined Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers (later 43d Cavalry Battalion). Nicknamed “Big Yankee” Ames rose to the rank of 2d lieutenant. On the night of 8 Mar. 1863 he guided Mosby’s Rangers on the Fairfax Court House raid in which Mosby captured Union Brig. Gen. Edwin Stoughton. On 9 Oct. 1864 a Federal soldier shot and killed Ames on the road leading to Benjamin “Cook” Shacklett’s house. The Union soldier was killed by Ranger Pvt. Ludwell Lake. Jr. Ames was buried nearby in an unmarked grave. Mosby said of Ames, “I never had a more faithful follower.”
 
Erected 2001 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B-40.)
 
Location. 38° 55.103′ N, 77° 55.443′ W. Marker is in Delaplane, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Winchester Road (U.S. 17) and Crooked Run Road, on the right when traveling north on Winchester Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delaplane VA 20144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delaplane (approx. 0.3 miles away); Piedmont Station
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By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2006
2. Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Oak Hill (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rectortown (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delaplane.
 
Also see . . .  James “Big Yankee” Ames. Biography and photo. (Submitted on October 22, 2006.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,484 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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