Fairfax Station in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Skirmish at St. Mary’s
Victory or Death
— Mosby's Confederacy —
Monday, August 8, 1864, was a hot and sultry day. Capt. John McMenamin of the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry and Capt. James Fleming of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry had stopped at St. Mary's Church on the Ox Road (now Fairfax Station Rd.), Fairfax. Their command of 60 troopers was resting, eating supper and feeding their horses.
Shortly after 5 p.m., vedettes sounded the alarm that Confederate cavalry were approaching, coming north on the Ox Rd. (now Vogue Rd.). The Union troopers mounted their horses and formed a line of battle. The left wing was at the front door of the church, and the line extended across the Ox Rd. facing south. The Confederates proved to be 39 Partisan Rangers of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia cavalry led by Col. John S. Mosby. Mosby's men crosses the railroad tracks and rose toward the church, forming a line 150 yards south of the Federals.
Mosby rode back and forth in front of his men shouting, "Come on men, victory or death!" The Federals fired their carbines sporadically, causing several of their horses to bolt and disrupt their line. Seeing this, Mosby and his men charged with pistols
St. Mary's Church was built in 1858 by Catholic immigrants from Ireland.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 38° 48.156′ N, 77° 19.633′ W. Marker is in Fairfax Station, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fairfax Station Road west of Ox Road (Virginia Route 123), on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the corner of the property, facing the road and parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax Station VA 22039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary’s Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); In this Church of St. Mary’s (within shouting distance of this Clara H. Barton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Fairfax Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Hogshead (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax Station.
More about this marker. One of the "Mosby's Confederacy" series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,447 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on March 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.