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

Loudoun Heights Clash

 
 
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By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
1. Loudoun Heights Clash Marker
Inscription.  Union Maj. Henry A. Cole’s 1st Maryland Cavalry was camped here on Loudoun Heights on 10 Jan. 1864 when Confederate Maj. John S. Mosby and Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Stringfellow attacked before dawn with about 100 mounted Partisan Rangers. In the darkness, Mosby mistook Stringfellow’s detachment for Federals and they exchanged fire. Cole’s troopers rallied, shooting at the Rangers, the only men on horseback. After heavy fighting the Rangers retreated toward Hillsboro. Mosby’s losses were one captured, three wounded, and eight killed, including Capts. William Thomas Turner and William R. Smith, two of Mosby’s most trusted officers.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-25.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1864.
 
Location. 39° 18.988′ N, 77° 43.009′ W. Marker is near Hillsboro, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Harpers Ferry Road (County Route 671), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Craig Swain, August 5, 2007
2. Loudoun Heights Clash Marker
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are within walking distance of this marker. Jefferson County / State of Maryland (approx. 0.4 miles away in West Virginia); Lift Lock 33 (approx. 0.7 miles away in Maryland); Harpers Ferry - Changes through Time (approx. ¾ mile away in Maryland); The Iron Horse Wins (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); The Mule Falters (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); The Race to the Ohio (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); Early Travel (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); The Point (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia).
 
Also see . . .  Overview of the history of Cole's Cavalry at Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 28, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
 
Site of Fight image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 22, 2007
3. Site of Fight
Col. Henry A. Cole image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
4. Col. Henry A. Cole
From Mosby's Rangers by James Joseph Williamson, 1909.
Rev. Frank Stringfellow<br>Formerly “Capt. Frank Stringfellow, the Scout” image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
5. Rev. Frank Stringfellow
Formerly “Capt. Frank Stringfellow, the Scout”
From Mosby's Rangers by James Joseph Williamson, 1909.
Mosby image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
6. Mosby
Photo by Vannerson & Jones, between 1861 and 1865.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,726 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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