Fairfax Station in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Skirmish at St. Mary’s
Victory or Death
Shortly after 5 p.m., vedettes sounded the alarm that Confederate cavalry were approaching, coming north on the Ox Rd. (now Vogue Rd.). The Union troopers mounted their horses and formed a line of battle. The left wing was at the front door of the church, and the line extended across the Ox Rd. facing south. The Confederates proved to be 39 Partisan Rangers of the 43rd Battalion of Virginia cavalry led by Col. John S. Mosby. Mosby's men crosses the railroad tracks and rose toward the church, forming a line 150 yards south of the Federals.
Mosby rode back and forth in front of his men shouting, "Come on men, victory or death!" The Federals fired their carbines sporadically, causing several of their horses to bolt and disrupt their line. Seeing this, Mosby and his men charged with pistols blazing. None of Mosby's men carried carbines or sabers, only six-shot revolvers. All had two, and some had four. The Union line broke and fled in disorder and was chased as far as Fairfax Courthouse.
St. Mary's Church was built in 1858 by Catholic immigrants from Ireland.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 48.156′ N, 77° 19.633′ W. Marker is in Fairfax Station, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fairfax Station Road west of Ox Road (Virginia Route 123), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the corner of the property, facing the road and parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfax Station VA 22039, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary’s Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Clara H. Barton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fairfax Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fairfax Station Fairfax Nike Missile Site (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax Station.
More about this marker. One of the "Mosby's Confederacy" series of Virginia Civil War Trails markers.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,775 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.