Amissville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stuart's Close Shave
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River to Virginia and camped at Bunker Hill in the northern Shenandoah Valley after the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. Union Gen. George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac slowly pursued, despite President Abraham Lincoln’s demands for speed. At the end of October, Lee ordered Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry to screen the infantry’s march south to Culpeper County. Stuart succeeded in a series of running fights with Union Gen. Alfred Pleasonton’s cavalrymen. Lee’s army escaped and Lincoln replaced McClellan with Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside.
The last cavalry fight occurred here. Stuart and his cavalry moved north from Rixeyville early in the morning of November 10, along with Maj. John Pelham’s Stuart Horse Artillery and Gen. Carnot Posey’s 16th Mississippi Infantry. They attacked part of Union Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis’s infantry division at Corbin’s Crossroads half a mile south of here and pushed the Federals north. About 4 P.M., Union Gen. James Nagle’s infantry brigade flanked Stuart’s forces here. Stuart ordered a withdrawal south to Culpeper
“Looking at Stuart, I saw him pass his hand quickly across his face, and even at this serious moment I could not help laughing heartily when I discovered that one of the numberless bullets that had been whistling around him had cut off half his mustache as neatly as it could have been done by the hand of an experienced barber.” — Maj. Heros von Borcke
Erected by Virginia 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 month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 38° 40.124′ N, 77° 59.758′ W. Marker is in Amissville, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is on Viewtown Road (County Route 642Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 776 Viewtown Road, Amissville VA 20106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eliza Brown and the Custers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hinson's Ford (approx. one mile away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 1.2 miles away); Culpeper County / Rappahannock County (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 4.2 miles away); Encounter with Lee (approx. 4½ miles away); Battle Mountain (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amissville.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker has two maps captioned Cavalry Actions, Nov. 1-10, 1862 and Corbin's Crossroads action. The upper middle and right of the marker features portraits of Gen. James Nagle, Gen. Carnot Posey, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Maj. Heros von Borcke.
Also see . . .
1. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Brig. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton's reports from Corbin's Cross-Roads, Nov. 10, 1862. (Submitted on January 16, 2010.)
2. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Report of Gen. Robert E. Lee, C.S. Army, of action at Corbin's Cross-Roads, near Amissville. November 10, 1862. (Submitted on January 16, 2010.)
3. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Report of Col. Thomas L. Rosser, Fifth Virginia Cavalry, commanding Lee's brigade, of action at Corbin's Cross-Roads, near Amissville. November 13, 1862. (Submitted on January 16, 2010.)
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