Herndon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid
“My loss was nothing.”
—Mosby's Confederacy —
Arriving ahead of a Union relief force, Mosby and his men took the pickets by surprise with only one Vermonter wounded. The Union officers were having lunch at the home of Kitty Hanna, whose husband, Nat, rant the general store in the station. The officers were also captured after a brief struggle during which Wells fell through the attic ceiling but was not injured.
Mosby reported to Gen. J.E.B. Stuart that: Yesterday I attacked a body of the enemy's cavalry at Herndon Station, in Fairfax County, completely routing them . . . I brought off 25 prisoners—a major (Wells), 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 21 men, all their arms, 26 horses and equipments . . . My loss was nothing . . . In this affair my officers and men behaved splendidly.
Because of Mosby's success in Herndon and northern Virginia, Union forces soon withdrew beyond Difficult Run closer to Washington, D.C. Wells later received the Medal of
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails, and the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 38° 58.226′ N, 77° 23.157′ W. Marker is in Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Station Street north of Elden Street (Virginia Route 228), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This and two other markers face the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, which crosses Station Street at the markers. The old railroad station is across the street. A free municipal parking lot opposite the old train station—now a visitor's center for the Town of Herndon—is a few steps from the markers and the trail. Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20170, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Herndon Station (here, next to this marker); Tracks Into History (here, next to this marker); Acetylene Gas Generating Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rail Strike of 1916 Laura Ratcliffe (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Herndon.
More about this marker. One of the Mosby's Confederacy series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers.
Also see . . .
1. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
2. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, W&OD.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,227 times since then and 285 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.