Near Taylorstown in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Clash On Loudoun Soil
Dawn Ambush on the Potomac River Frontier
On the evening of August 4, Loudoun County Unionist Samuel Means of Waterford guided sixty men of the 28th New York Infantry across the Potomac from Maryland below Berlin (present-day Brunswick). On reaching the Lovettsville Road, they turned east toward this outpost.
At dawn, Sgt. Boyd Barrett and Pvt Cumberland George Orrison emerged from the shed to feed their horses. Barrett shouted, "There are the Yankees!" as the Federals charged across the field behind you. Barrett and Orrison dashed for the cover of Furnace Mountain just across the road to your right; however, Orrison was killed, and Barrett was wounded. He and thirteen others escaped, but the Federals captured six men, twenty horses, and two civilians at the bridge tollhouse.
The next day, the New Yorkers burned the tollhouse
With crucial roadways, twelve fords, and four ferries across the Potomac River, Loudoun County was "the highway of the armies" during the war. Confederate Col. John S. Mosby's Partisan Rangers crossed here at McKimmey's Landing on July 4, 1864, during Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early's campaign on Washington. Mosby's men cut telegraph wires and looted the Point of Rocks village in what became known as the Calico Raid. You can walk down to the water and see that the river is shallow here.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 16.277′ N, 77° 32.936′ W. Marker is near Taylorstown, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Lovettsville Road (County Road 672) west of James Monroe Highway (U.S. 15), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is a few feet off the road towards the lane leading to McKimmey's
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loudoun County / Maryland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle at Point of Rocks (approx. 0.3 miles away in Maryland); Point of Rocks (approx. half a mile away in Maryland); A Canal Home (approx. 0.7 miles away in Maryland); Lockhouse 28 (approx. 0.7 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.8 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Point of Rocks (approx. 0.8 miles away in Maryland); Taylorstown (approx. 1.9 miles away).
Also see . . . The Brothers' War: Mosby and the Unionists. Stops 10, 11, 14, and 15 provide more information about McKimmey's Landing and Captain Samuel Means (Submitted on January 8, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 8, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.