“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Warrenton in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Spilman-Mosby House

Brentmoor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
1. Brentmoor Marker
Inscription. Judge Edward M. Spilman of the Fauquier County Circuit Court constructed this house in 1859-61. James Keith, who served in the Black Horse Cavalry and later became president of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, acquired it in 1869.

John Singleton Mosby bought the house from Keith in 1875. Mosby gained fame during the Civil War for his daring exploits behind Union lines. His Partisan Rangers (43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry) used guerilla tactics - swift, nighttime attacks and daylight raids against trains and wagon trains - to challenge Union control of Northern Virginia. Mosby estimated that his 800 men kept 30,000 Union soldiers away from the front lines. He practiced law here after the war. When his wife, Pauline Clarke Mosby, died after giving birth in 1876, he sold his home in 1877 to Eppa Hunton. Mosby and his family are buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.

Hunton, a lawyer and member of the Virginia secession convention, was elected colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry, then promoted to brigadier general after Gettysburg. He served with distinction at 1st Manassas, Gaines's Mill, and Glendale, and his brigade played a prominent role at Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. He was captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Hunton moved to Warrenton after the war and practiced law. He served four terms as
Brentmoor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
2. Brentmoor Marker
U.S. congressman, 1873-1881, and three years as a U.S. senator, 1892-1895. He was the only Southern member of the Electoral Commission that decided the disputed 1876 Hayes-Tilden presidential election. Hunton owned Brentmoor until 1902.

(Sidebar): Architect Andrew Jackson Downing considered the Italian Villa style a "simple, rational, convenient, and economic dwelling for the southern part of the Union." In his book, The Architecture of Country Homes (1850), Downing offered a design resembling Brentmoor, now considered a classic example of the Italian Villa style.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 42.726′ N, 77° 47.429′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is on North Calhoun Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in the Warrenton Visitors Center parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20188, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentmoor: The Spilman-Mosby House (within shouting distance of this marker); Warrenton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Norris Tavern / The Warren Green
Brentmoor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
3. Brentmoor
(approx. 0.3 miles away); John Singleton Mosby (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lafayette’s Stepping Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Warrenton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Executions in the Yard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Black Horse Cavalry (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Warrenton.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a photograph of the Mosby House, c. Late 1800's. from the Fauquier Times-Democrat Archives. Across the upper portion of the marker are portraits of Judge Edward M. Spilman, James Keith, John S. Mosby (postwar photo), Pauline Clarke Mosby (before 1876), and Eppa Hunton (postwar photo).
Also see . . .  Brentmoor. (PDF) National Register paperwork detailing the architecture and history of the house. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Antebellum South, USWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,566 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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