Hillsboro in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John W. Mobberly
Between-the-Hills Partisan Leader
While Mobberly occasionally rode with Confederate Lt. Col. Elijah V. White's 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry and was also associated with Col. John S. Mosby's 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, he and his men often acted on their own. They erected barricades here along the Hlllsboro and Harpers Ferry Turnpike to ambush Union cavalry lured from Harpers Ferry. Mobberly's comrade Magnus Thompson, who wrote that "Mobberly ... was reckless beyond all reason and fearless of danger; ... he courted it," also claimed that Mobberly had killed more "Yankees" than any other man in Lee's army.
Mobberly vowed not to be taken alive. Three Loudoun civilians paid $1,000 each and, escorted by three Unionist Loudoun Rangers, ambushed and killed him west of Lovettsville on April 5, 1865. Union Gen. John D. Stevenson, having called
Epitaph on back of Mobberly's tombstone:
God bless thee brave soldier
Thy life's dream is o'er
For country and freedom
Thou wilt battle no more
To the land of the blessed
Thou hast gone to depart
With a smile on they face
And a joy in thy heart
Thrice hallowed the green spot
Where our hero is laid
His deeds from our memory
Shall nevermore fade
The stranger will say,
As he lingers around
'Tis the grave of a hero
'Tis liberty's mound
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 13.892′ N, 77° 43.986′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Breaux Vinyard Lane 0.2 miles east of Harpers Ferry Road (County Route 671), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of This Is the Birthplace of Susan Koerner Wright (approx. 2.4 miles away); Jefferson County / State of Virginia (approx. 2.6 miles away in West Virginia); Keyes Gap (approx. 2.8 miles away in West Virginia but has been reported missing); Old Potts Graveyard (approx. 3 miles away); Iron Furnaces (approx. 4.9 miles away in West Virginia); Keyes' Switch Engagement (approx. 5.1 miles away in West Virginia); Ketoctin Church Short Hill (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Murphy Farm (approx. 5.5 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.