Woodville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mosby and Sneden
The Grey Ghost and the Artist
A Confederate officer pistol-whipped Sneden when he refused to reveal the Union army’s movements. Mosby then led him and the other captives west through Woodville and Rappahannock County, then south
(Sidebar): New York native Robert Knox Sneden was an architect and engineer who enlisted in the 40th New York Volunteers in 1861. Because of his skills as an artist and mapmaker, he began preparing maps and sketches for Union Gen. Samuel P. Heintzelman, and soon other commanders vied for his services. In October 1863, after six months of trying, Gen. David B. Birney had Sneden transferred to his division near Brandy Station. There, Sneden mapped and sketched the surrounding area before he was captured. During the war, Sneden wrote a 5,000-page diary and produced more than 400 watercolors. Several dozen sketches were published in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War in the 1800s, but most of his work remained unknown. In 1994, the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond purchased his diary and drawings, then published them in 2001 in Eye of the Storm and Images of the Storm.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° Touch for map. The marker was moved from its original location on Sperryville Pike to the St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 914 Hawlin Rd, Woodville VA 22749, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Jackson—Traditional Musician (approx. ¼ mile away); Rappahannock County / Culpeper County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Pope’s Army of Virginia (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sister Caroline (approx. 4½ miles away); Medical Miracle (approx. 4.6 miles away); John Kiger's Second Lot (approx. 4.6 miles away); John B. Kiger (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sperryville (approx. 4.7 miles away).
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a sketch captioned Sneden's sketch of the Miller House where he was captured at Brandy Station – Courtesy Virginia Historical Society. On the upper middle of the marker is a photo captioned Col. John S. Mosby – Courtesy Library of Congress and a sketch captioned Sneden's map of the route taken after his capture – Courtesy Virginia Historical Society. The sidebar of the marker has a sketch captioned Robert Knox Sneden, self-portrait – Courtesy Virginia Historical Society.
Also see . . . The Sneden Civil War Collection. Virginia Historical Society (Submitted on June 16, 2010.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2010. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on February 24, 2012, by Linda Lavender of Stafford, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2010. 3. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Linda Lavender of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.