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

Brentmoor

Spilman-Mosby House

 
 
Brentmoor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
1. Brentmoor Marker
Inscription.  Judge Edward M. Spilman of the Fauquier County Circuit Court constructed this house in 1859-61. James Keith, who served in the Black Horse Cavalry and later became president of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, acquired it in 1869.

John Singleton Mosby bought the house from Keith in 1875. Mosby gained fame during the Civil War for his daring exploits behind Union lines. His Partisan Rangers (43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry) used guerilla tactics - swift, nighttime attacks and daylight raids against trains and wagon trains - to challenge Union control of Northern Virginia. Mosby estimated that his 800 men kept 30,000 Union soldiers away from the front lines. He practiced law here after the war. When his wife, Pauline Clarke Mosby, died after giving birth in 1876, he sold his home in 1877 to Eppa Hunton. Mosby and his family are buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.

Hunton, a lawyer and member of the Virginia secession convention, was elected colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry, then promoted to brigadier general after Gettysburg. He served with distinction at 1st Manassas, Gaines's Mill, and Glendale, and his brigade played
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a prominent role at Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. He was captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Hunton moved to Warrenton after the war and practiced law. He served four terms as U.S. congressman, 1873-1881, and three years as a U.S. senator, 1892-1895. He was the only Southern member of the Electoral Commission that decided the disputed 1876 Hayes-Tilden presidential election. Hunton owned Brentmoor until 1902.

(Sidebar): Architect Andrew Jackson Downing considered the Italian Villa style a "simple, rational, convenient, and economic dwelling for the southern part of the Union." In his book, The Architecture of Country Homes (1850), Downing offered a design resembling Brentmoor, now considered a classic example of the Italian Villa style.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1724.
 
Location. 38° 42.726′ N, 77° 47.429′ W. Marker is in Warrenton, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is on North Calhoun Street, on the right when traveling north. Located in the Warrenton Visitors Center parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Warrenton VA 20188, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Brentmoor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
2. Brentmoor Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brentmoor: The Spilman-Mosby House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad Caboose (approx. ¼ mile away); The Turntable (approx. ¼ mile away); Hot Lead Line-O-Type (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Fauquier Times-Democrat (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Marshall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Warrenton (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warrenton.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left is a photograph of the Mosby House, c. Late 1800's. from the Fauquier Times-Democrat Archives. Across the upper portion of the marker are portraits of Judge Edward M. Spilman, James Keith, John S. Mosby (postwar photo), Pauline Clarke Mosby (before 1876), and Eppa Hunton (postwar photo).
 
Brentmoor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 10, 2008
3. Brentmoor
Brentmoor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2016
4. Brentmoor
Grave of Colonel John Singleton Mosby image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2016
5. Grave of Colonel John Singleton Mosby
Located at the Warrenton Cemetery.
Grave of Pauline Clarke Mosby image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2016
6. Grave of Pauline Clarke Mosby
The wife of Confederate Colonel John Mosby is buried in the Warrenton Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,368 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   5. submitted on February 13, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   6. submitted on February 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

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