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Delaplane in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames

 
 
Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2006
1. Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker
Inscription.  Sergeant James F. Ames of the 5th New York Cavalry deserted the Union army in Feb. 1863 and joined Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers (later 43d Cavalry Battalion). Nicknamed “Big Yankee” Ames rose to the rank of 2d lieutenant. On the night of 8 Mar. 1863 he guided Mosby’s Rangers on the Fairfax Court House raid in which Mosby captured Union Brig. Gen. Edwin Stoughton. On 9 Oct. 1864 a Federal soldier shot and killed Ames on the road leading to Benjamin “Cook” Shacklett’s house. The Union soldier was killed by Ranger Pvt. Ludwell Lake. Jr. Ames was buried nearby in an unmarked grave. Mosby said of Ames, “I never had a more faithful follower.”
 
Erected 2001 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B-40.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 55.103′ N, 77° 55.443′ W. Marker is in Delaplane, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Winchester Road (U.S. 17) and Crooked Run Road, on
Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2006
2. Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames Marker
the right when traveling north on Winchester Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delaplane VA 20144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delaplane (approx. ¼ mile away); Piedmont Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Marshall's Leeds Manor Rural Historic District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oak Hill (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaplane.
 
Also see . . .  James “Big Yankee” Ames. Biography and photo. (Submitted on October 22, 2006.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,926 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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