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Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Fog of War

The Mosby / Forbes Chase of July 4 to July 6, 1864

 

—American Civil War 1861 - 1865 —

 
The Fog of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
1. The Fog of War Marker
Inscription.
❶ Evening, July 4, 1864: Union Col. Charles Lowell sends Major William Forbes from Fairfax with 157 horse soldiers of the 2nd Massachusetts and 13th New York Cavalry (detachments) on patrol between Aldie and Leesburg to report any Confederate movements. Lieutenant Colonel John S. Mosby and his cavalrymen are encamped at Point of Rocks.

❷ Morning, July 5: Major Forbes passes through Aldie and finds “all quiet.” Forbes continues north passing Ball's Mill to Leesburg, returning to camp south of the mill.

❸ Evening, July 5: Mosby receives a report that Union cavalry is in Leesburg. He moves around Leesburg and halts near Waterford.

❹ Morning July 6: Forbes breaks camp and rides by Balls Mill to Leesburg. Finding no evidence of Mosby's Rangers, they return to Goose Creek.

❺ Morning, July 6: Mosby rides to Leesburg but finds Forbes has departed towards “Oatlands.” The Rangers head south for a possible ambush.

❻ Afternoon, July 6: Forbes moves east on Little River Turnpike, halting near the Skinner farmhouse. Mosby's scouts shadow Forbes's cavalry, moving onto the turnpike east of the Federal troopers.

❼ Afternoon, July 6: Mosby moves west and
The Fog of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
2. The Fog of War Marker
The “Fog of War” marker is on the right.
confronts Forbes at Mount Zion Church and the Skinner farm. Supported by a cannon, the mounted Rangers charge Forbes's dismounted cavalry, either capturing them or forcing them from the field.
 
Location. 38° 57.807′ N, 77° 36.557′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. 50) and Watson Road (Virginia Route 860), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. At Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40319 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Aldie VA 20105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mosby-Forbes Engagement July 6, 1864 (here, next to this marker); Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Zion Historic Park (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Zion Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother of Stonewall Jackson (approx. 1.1 miles away); President Monroe’s Home (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldie.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Map: July 4 to July 6, 1864 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
3. Map: July 4 to July 6, 1864
Numbers in the text refer to this map.
Close-up of map on marker
Action at Mount Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
4. Action at Mount Zion Church
In this action east of Aldie, Major Forbes and his cavalry are completely overwhelmed by Mosby's Rangers. Forbes was captured and Union troopers lost 12 killed , 37 wounded, 38 missing, for total casualties of 87 men. Mosby's Rangers lost 1 mortally wounded and 4 to 8 wounded. The remainder of the Union cavalry fled the field down the Old Carolina Road in the direction of Sudley Mills.
Close-up of map on marker
Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
5. Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby
Close-up of photo on marker
Union Major William H. Forbes image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
6. Union Major William H. Forbes
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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