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

Black Horse Cavalry

 
 
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 1, 2012
1. Black Horse Cavalry Marker
Inscription.  The Black Horse Cavalry was conceived at a gathering of Warrenton lawyers in 1858 and was among the local militia companies called to active duty by Governor Henry Wise in 1859. The Black Horse led a successful charge against Union forces at the First Battle of Manassas, winning the special praise of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Known as Company H of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, the unit served as bodyguard, escort, and scout for generals Joseph E. Johnston and Stonewall Jackson. Following the war, a number of the men of the Black Horse became prominent leaders in the Commonwealth.
 
Erected 1984 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number C-57.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 38° 43.021′ N, 77° 48.466′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of West Shirley Avenue (U.S. 17) and Waterloo
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 1, 2012
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Street (Business U.S. 211), on the left when traveling south on West Shirley Avenue. This intersection also includes Frost Avenue (U.S. 211) and Broadview Avenue (U.S. 29 Business). It is in front of Carousel Frozen Treats, the frozen custard stand with the bright pink awning on the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 346 Waterloo St, Warrenton VA 20186, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warrenton (here, next to this marker); Fauquier County Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Warrenton Cemetery Confederate Dead Monument (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Warrenton Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Warrenton Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Executions in the Yard (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Fauquier County Jail (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Singleton Mosby (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
 
Also see . . .  Black Horse Troop - History. “ ‘I overheard one of the men sitting on the door step of the house describing the charge of the Black Horse Cavalry, part of which, I believe, is Capt. Scott’s Fauquier cavalry. He said they advanced in a wedge form, then opened, disclosing a battery which fired upon his regiment, and that then the cavalry charged upon the regiment, hem­ming it in on all sides; and, cutting right and left with
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tremendous blows, each blow powerful enough to take off a man’s head. he said he never wished to see such a charge again’.” (Submitted on September 1, 2012.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 797 times since then and 154 times this year. Last updated on January 1, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022