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Near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Rose Hill Raid

A Not-So-Tender Reunion

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1. The Rose Hill Raid Marker
Inscription. On September 28, 1863, Confederate Maj. John S. Mosby raided the house that stood nearby on the bluff at the end of May Boulevard. The day before, Mosby and eight of his men road from Fauquier County toward Alexandria, where Mosby planned to capture Francis H. Pierpont, the provisional governor of the Restored Government of Virginia.

Mosby expected to find Pierpont at the City Hotel, known today as Gadsby's Tavern, but was disappointed to learn that Pierpont had gone to Washington City. Mosby and his men burned a railroad bridge within sight of Forts Ellsworth and Lyon, then rode along Telegraph Road to the Rose Hill Plantation to surprise the governor’s aide, Col. Daniel F. Dulany. One of Mosby's Rangers, French Dulany, was Col. Dulany's son.

Anne S. Frobel, a Rose Hill neighbor, wrote in her diary that a “party of Mosby’s boys came very unexpectedly to Rose Hill, and took off Col. Dulaney. One of them was his own son. …This boy’s first greeting to his father when he rushed into the room where his father was in bed [was] ... ‘How do Pa—I’m very glad to see you,’ and the father’s answer sitting up in bed, with proper dignity, ‘Well, sir, I’m d-sorry to see you.’ But they took him down to Richmond nevertheless.”

Dulany was imprisoned, exchanged, and survived the war. His son, however,
The Rose Hill Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. The Rose Hill Raid Marker
was mortally wounded in 1864. The house burned in 1895.

“The Colonel sarcastically remarked to his son that he had an old pair of shoes he had better take, as he reckoned they were darned scarce in the Confederacy, whereupon the son holding up his leg which was encased in a fine pair of cavalry boots just captured from a sutler, asked the old man that he thought of that.” — Maj. John S. Mosby, October 1, 1863
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 46.948′ N, 77° 7.137′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Rose Hill Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of John Marshall Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria VA 22310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rose Hill (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of Fitzhugh Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bush Hill (approx. 1.4 miles
Close-up of map on marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Close-up of map on marker
away); Franconia (approx. 1.6 miles away); A View from the Beginning (approx. 1.7 miles away); Explore Historic Huntley (approx. 1.7 miles away); Huntley (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
More about this marker. The marker displays two photos: on the upper left captioned Rose Hill - Courtesy Library of Congress and on the lower right captioned City Hotel, Alexandria - Courtesy Library of Congress.

On the lower left of the marker is a map captioned Alexandria and part of Fairfax County, 1864Courtesy Library of Congress. On the top center of the marker is a painting captioned "The Rose Hill Raid"-Painting courtesy John Paul Strain.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2013. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2013. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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