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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Skirmish at Rio Hill

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
1. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
Inscription.  On February 29, 1864, General George A. Custer and 1500 cavalrymen made a diversionary raid Into Albemarle County. Here, north of Charlottesville, he attacked the Confederate winter camp of four batteries of the Stuart Horse Artillery commanded by Captain Marcellus N. Moorman. Despite the destruction to the camp, 200 Confederates rallied in a counterattack which forced Custer’s withdrawal. Few casualties were reported.
 
Erected 1989 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-197.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is February 29, 1864.
 
Location. 38° 5.226′ N, 78° 28.343′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker can be reached from Woodbrook Drive west of Seminole Trail (U.S. 29). It is in Rio Hill Center, on the roadway that parallels Route 29 on the western edge of the shopping center between Woodbrook Drive and Myers Drive. If you are heading south on Route 29, go past Woodbrook and turn on Myers drive. Then take the first right into the shopping
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By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
2. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
Much of the skirmish was fought in the vicinity of the shopping mall near the marker.
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center. Continue straight ahead and it will be on left. If you are traveling north, you’ll have to turn left on Woodbrook, left into the shopping center, and then work your way through the parking lots back towards Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rio Hill 1864 Skirmish (within shouting distance of this marker); Rio Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Springs (approx. 1.2 miles away); Six Miles of Trails (approx. 1.2 miles away); Legacy of Hugh Carr / The Village of Hydraulic Mills (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Origins of Ivy Creek Natural Area (approx. 1.2 miles away); Free State (approx. 1.2 miles away); Monacan Indian Village (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Regarding Skirmish at Rio Hill. The word “Rio” is pronounced “Ryo” locally.
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 11, 2008
3. Skirmish at Rio Hill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,186 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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