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Hillsboro in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John W. Mobberly

Between-the-Hills Partisan Leader

 
 
John W. Mobberly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
1. John W. Mobberly Marker
Inscription. During the war, this valley southeast of the Federal base at Harpers Ferry between the Blue Ridge and Short Hill was known as "Between the Hills." The much-feared Confederate partisan leader Pvt. ("Captain") John W. Mobberly roamed here from 1863 to 1865. Born five miles north of hear, Mobberly was a hero to some, a sadistic outlaw to others. He and his "gang" raided Federal outposts and Unionists in this valley as far south as Hillsboro, north to Harpers Ferry and beyond, and east over Short Hill toward Lovettsville.

While Mobberly occasionally rode with Confederate Lt. Col. Elijah V. White's 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry and was also associated with Col. John S. Mosby's 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, he and his men often acted on their own. They erected barricades here along the Hlllsboro and Harpers Ferry Turnpike to ambush Union cavalry lured from Harpers Ferry. Mobberly's comrade Magnus Thompson, who wrote that "Mobberly ... was reckless beyond all reason and fearless of danger; ... he courted it," also claimed that Mobberly had killed more "Yankees" than any other man in Lee's army.

Mobberly vowed not to be taken alive. Three Loudoun civilians paid $1,000 each and, escorted by three Unionist Loudoun Rangers, ambushed and killed him west of Lovettsville on April 5, 1865. Union Gen. John D. Stevenson, having called
Harpers Ferry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
2. Harpers Ferry
On the upper right side of the marker.
Mobberly the leader of "a gang of murderers," displayed his body in front of Stevenson's Harpers Ferry headquarters. Days later, with the war ending, Mobberly was buried at Salem Church, just south of here off the turnpike.

(Sidebar):
Epitaph on back of Mobberly's tombstone:
God bless thee brave soldier
Thy life's dream is o'er
For country and freedom
Thou wilt battle no more
To the land of the blessed
Thou hast gone to depart
With a smile on they face
And a joy in thy heart
Thrice hallowed the green spot
Where our hero is laid
His deeds from our memory
Shall nevermore fade
The stranger will say,
As he lingers around
'Tis the grave of a hero
'Tis liberty's mound
 
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 13.892′ N, 77° 43.986′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Breaux Vinyard Lane 0.2 miles east of Harpers Ferry Road (County Route 671), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of
John W. Mobberly image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
3. John W. Mobberly
Courtesy Loudoun Museum.
this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Is the Birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright (approx. 2.4 miles away); Jefferson County / State of Virginia (approx. 2.6 miles away in West Virginia); Keyes Gap (approx. 2.8 miles away in West Virginia but has been reported missing); Old Potts Graveyard (approx. 3 miles away); Iron Furnaces (approx. 4.9 miles away in West Virginia); Keyes' Switch Engagement (approx. 5.1 miles away in West Virginia); Ketoctin Church Short Hill (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Murphy Farm (approx. 5.5 miles away in West Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Map on lower left of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
4. Map on lower left of Marker
John W. Mobberly Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
5. John W. Mobberly Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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