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Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid

“My loss was nothing.”

 

— Mosby's Confederacy —

 
Mosby's Herndon Station Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
1. Mosby's Herndon Station Raid Marker
Inscription.  On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1863, Confederate Capt. John S. Mosby and 40 Partisan Rangers attacked the picket post of the 1st Vermont Cavalry guarding this station on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. The detachment commander Lt. Alexander G. Watson, had just been joined by Maj. William Wells and other officers to investigate charges that pickets were stealing from local citizens.

Arriving ahead of a Union relief force, Mosby and his men took the pickets by surprise with only one Vermonter wounded. The Union officers were having lunch at the home of Kitty Hanna, whose husband, Nat, ran the general store in the station. The officers were also captured after a brief struggle during which Wells fell through the attic ceiling but was not injured.

Mosby reported to Gen. J.E.B. Stuart that: Yesterday I attacked a body of the enemy's cavalry at Herndon Station, in Fairfax County, completely routing them . . . I brought off 25 prisoners—a major (Wells), 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 21 men, all their arms, 26 horses and equipments . . . My loss was nothing . . . In this affair my officers and men behaved
Closeup of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
2. Closeup of Map on Marker
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splendidly.


Because of Mosby's success in Herndon and northern Virginia, Union forces soon withdrew beyond Difficult Run closer to Washington, D.C. Wells later received the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg. He kept in touch with Mosby after the war, and Wells's daughter later invited Mosby to her wedding.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, the Virginia Civil War Trails, and the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad series lists.
 
Location. 38° 58.226′ N, 77° 23.157′ W. Marker is in Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Station Street north of Elden Street (Virginia Route 228), on the left when traveling north. This and two other markers face the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which crosses Station Street at the markers. The old railroad station is across the street. A free municipal parking lot opposite the old train station—now a visitor's center for the Town of Herndon—is a few steps from the markers and the trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Herndon Station With the Three Markers in the Foreground image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 10, 2006
3. Herndon Station With the Three Markers in the Foreground
Pavement is the 45-mile long Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which is on the former right of way of the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad from Alexandria to Purcellville. Station Street is between the markers and the station.
of this marker. Herndon Station (here, next to this marker); Tracks Into History (here, next to this marker); This is W&OD Trail: Herndon! (within shouting distance of this marker); Herndon Dairy Farming (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Herndon Blacksmith Shops (within shouting distance of this marker); Herndon Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Acetylene Gas Generating Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Herndon.
 
More about this marker. One of the Mosby's Confederacy series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 

2. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, W&OD.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,744 times since then and 134 times this year. Last updated on June 7, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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