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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Skirmish at Rio Hill
 
Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
1. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
 
Inscription. On February 29, 1864, General George A. Custer and 1500 cavalrymen made a diversionary raid Into Albemarle County. Here, north of Charlottesville, he attacked the Confederate winter camp of four batteries of the Stuart Horse Artillery commanded by Captain Marcellus N. Moorman. Despite the destruction to the camp, 200 Confederates rallied in a counterattack which forced Custerís withdrawal. Few casualties were reported.
 
Erected 1989 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-197.)
 
Location. 38° 5.226′ N, 78° 28.343′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker can be reached from Woodbrook Drive west of Seminole Trail (U.S. 29). Click for map. It is in Rio Hill Center, on the roadway that parallels Route 29 on the western edge of the shopping center between Woodbrook Drive and Myers Drive. If you are heading south on Route 29, go past Woodbrook and turn on Myers drive. Then take the first right into the shopping center. Continue straight ahead and it will be on left. If you are traveling north, youíll have to turn left on Woodbrook, left into the shopping center, and then work your way through the parking lots back towards Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
2. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
Much of the skirmish was fought in the vicinity of the shopping mall near the marker.
 
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rio Hill 1864 Skirmish (within shouting distance of this marker); Rio Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Monacan Indian Village (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rio Mills (approx. 1.3 miles away); Albemarle Barracks Burial Site (approx. 2.8 miles away); Convention Army The Barracks (approx. 3 miles away); Proffit Historic District (approx. 3 miles away); Walter “Rock” Greene Albert “AP” Moore Gymnasium (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Regarding Skirmish at Rio Hill. The word “Rio” is pronounced “Ryo” locally.
 
Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
3. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,894 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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