Middleburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Prussian Warrior Heros Von Borcke Goes Down
Battle of Middleburg/Mt. Defiance
He was also wildly brave. Two days earlier, on June 17, 1863, von Borcke led General Beverly Robertson’s North Carolinians in a charge against Colonel Alfred Duffie’s 1st Rhode Island Cavalry on the south end of Middleburg, wielding that gigantic, terrifying broadsword. Now on June 19 during the fight at Mt. Defiance, he was again with the North Carolinians, standing near
Captain William Blackford and Lieutenant Frank Robertson of Stuart’s staff rushed to Von Borcke’s side as he slid from his saddle. “I was at my wits’ end,” Blackford later explained, “to know how we were to throw our friend’s body, weighing two-hundred-and-fifty pounds, across the rearing, plunging charger… I then recollected a thing von Borcke had one told me… and I made a courier twist the horse’s ear severely and keep it twisted while he led the horse off the field with Von Borcke on him, the horse becoming perfectly quiet immediately.”
As Stuart’s cavalry retired a half-mile west to the next ridge at Bittersweet Farm, von Borcke was taken through the lines west to Upperville to the home of Stuart’s surgeon, Dr. Talcott Eliason, where he was stabilized. Later taken to Richmond, Von Borcke would recover—the bullet not removed—but
Von Borcke returned home after the war. He left the Prussian Army in 1867 due to his wound, retiring to his inherited castle at Giesenbrugge in East Prussia (now Poland). It is said he delighted in flying the Confederate flag from the battlements until his death in 1895.
Heros Von Borcke Library of Congress
Erected 2019 by NOVA Parks. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the NOVA Parks series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 19, 1863.
Location. 38° 58.034′ N, 77° 45.759′ W. Marker is in Middleburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50) west of Zulla Road (Virginia Route 709), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35945 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg VA 20117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle Begins: Fighting East and Southeast of Mt. Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); Horse Artillery at Mt. Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mount Defiance (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Defiance, the Turnpike, and Middleburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Phase Two of the Battle: Fighting Along the Turnpike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle Concludes: Buford's Flanking Movement & Stuart's Withdrawal (about 400 feet away); Battle of Middleburg (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleburg.
Also see . . . Battle of Middleburg: Mt. Defiance Historic Park. NOVA Parks (Submitted on June 3, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2019, by T. Elizabeth Renich of Winchester, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 3, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.