Near Nokesville in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Union Jack over Dixie
Both Union and Confederate forces passed by here several times in 1862-63. On August 27, 1862, just before the Second Battle of Manassas, Federal divisions under Gens. Jesse Reno and Isaac Stevens, as well as Col. Orlando Poe's brigade, bivouacked here. They marched to Manassas Junction the next day in pursuit of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's force.
Federal cavalry chased Maj. John S. Mosby's rangers through Greenwich on May 30, 1863, after he raided Catlett Station. Mosby made a stand two miles west with a lightweight mountain howitzer but lost the cannon and several rangers including Bradford Smith
Confederate Gens. A.P. Hill and Richard S. Ewell led their corps through Greenwich on October 14, 1863, pursuing the Union army as it withdrew toward the defenses of Washington. Because Hill occupied the direct road to Bristoe Station, Ewell diverted his column to a farm road he new well, past his childhood home, Stony Lonesome. Hill's attack on the Union rear at the station resulted in a bloody Confederate defeat.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 45′ N, 77° 38.875′ W. Marker is near Nokesville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Vlint Hill Road (State Road 215) and Burwell Road (County Route 604), on the right when traveling south on Vlint Hill Road. Located in front of the Greenwich Presbyterian Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nokesville VA 20181, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stony Lonesome Farm (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named “Greenwich” (a few steps from this marker); Vint Hill Farms Station Grapewood Farm Engagement (approx. 2.2 miles away); Buckland Mills Battle (approx. 2½ miles away); Buckland (approx. 2.6 miles away); Battle of Buckland Mills (approx. 2.6 miles away); Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nokesville.
More about this marker. A map on the lower left shows the movements pertaining to the Bristoe Station campaign. On the right is a photograph of Greenwich Presbyterian Church (courtesy Prince William County Public Library System, R.E.L.I.C. Room). On the lower right are portraits of Charles Green, Gen. A.P. Hill, Gen. Richard S. Ewell, and Maj. John S. Mosby.
1. Mosby's Cannon
The cannon, used with great effect during the Catlett Station raid on May 30, 1863. It was used to destroy a supply train as it arrived at the station. Then as Mosby was pressed by Federal pursuit in the withdrawal, the rifle was placed along the road on a rise where it could fire down a defile. The Federal cavalry of the 1st Vermont and 5th New York charged four times, until the gun was out of ammunition and abandoned. But the stand had enabled Mosby to escape, although suffering 20 wounded and six dead.
Hearing of the loss of the gun, balanced against the destruction of the supply train, General J.E.B. Stuart would remark that Mosby should feel welcome to sell a gun for such a high price any time.
— Submitted December 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,529 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.