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Historical Marker Pages Containing “Mosby's Rangers”

Two Markers near Atoka, Virginia image, Touch for more information
By Craig Swain, June 22, 2007
Two Markers near Atoka, Virginia
Virginia (Fauquier County), Atoka — B-25 — Mosby’s Rangers
Here at Atoka (Rector’s Crossroads) on June 10, 1863, Company “A”, 43rd Battalion of Partisan Rangers, known as “Mosby’s Rangers”, was formally organized. James William Foster was elected Captain; Thomas Turner, First . . . — Map (db m1467) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), Marshall — FF-7 — Mosby’s Rangers Disband
Unable to extend a truce with the Union army, Col. John S. Mosby assembled his command, the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, in a field just west of here on 21 Apr. 1865. As Mosby sat astride his horse, his final order was read aloud. It stated in . . . — Map (db m1174) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), Marshall — Mosby’s Rangers Disband Site
Here, April 21, 1865, Col. John S. Mosby disbanded his gallant partisan rangers—the Forty-Third Battalion Virginia Cavalry. — Map (db m1325) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Sterling — Mosby’s RangersBattle of Miskel Farm — March 31, 1863
Captain John Singleton Mosby and 69 of his Confederate ranger troop were surprised at dawn while sleeping here in the Miskel farmhouse and hay barn by 150 Union cavalry. Though greatly outnumbered, Captain Mosby led his rangers on foot with . . . — Map (db m1794) HM
Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Execution of Mosby’s Rangers“The ‘dark day’ of 1864” — Mosby’s Confederacy
"Mosby will hang ten of you for every one of us!" were William Thomas Overby’s last words to his executioners before the rope tightened around his neck here on Richardson’s Hill. This was the final scene of a tragedy that began less than two . . . — Map (db m804) HM

Georgia (Coweta County), Newnan — 038-1 — Birthplace of a Confederate Hero<------<<<<
William Thomas Overby was born on this site in the 1840s. He enlisted May 31, 1861, in Co. A, 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, C.S.A. Later served with the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers, and participated in many raids . . . — Map (db m32064) HM

Virginia (Page County), Luray — The Chapman-Ruffner HouseBoyhood Home of the “Fighting Chapmans” — Mosby's Confederacy
Immigrant Peter Ruffner built this house about 1739. Before the Civil War, William A. Chapman bought it, and three sons reared here later fought for the Confederacy. For their exploits as members of Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers, two of them, Lt. . . . — Map (db m17210) HM

Virginia (Fairfax County), Clifton — Clifton Baptist Church1876
In 1876, George W. Tillet, along with other area men who served with Mosby’s Rangers during the Civil War, formed a Baptist Church with services held in his home. Subsequently, they built a one-room church on this site in 1877 which was replaced by . . . — Map (db m110179) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Mosby's Raid
On March 17, 1863, "The Grey Ghost," Captain John Singleton Mosby, and his band of Confederate Rangers of the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, conducted a surprise daytime attack near Herndon's railroad station. Mosby's Rangers captured Union . . . — Map (db m115850) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Mosby's Rock
Mosby’s Rangers (43d Bn., Va. Cav.) used this rock as a rendezvous point and met here to divide the spoils after raids. The renowned Southern spy and scout Laura Ratcliffe, who lived nearby, showed this rock to Col. (then Captain) John S. Mosby, . . . — Map (db m9957) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), Atoka — Rector House
Here at Rector's Crossroads on June 10, 1863 Major John S. Mosby officially established Company A, 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers. It was here on June 23, 1863 that General J.E.B. Stuart set up headquarters and received . . . — Map (db m2786) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Aldie — Mt. Zion Church
Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church was founded in 1851. Just west of the church is a graveyard containing many 19th century grave markers. On July 6, 1864 nearby, Mosby's Rangers attacked and routed 150 Union cavalrymen. Over 100 Union soldiers were . . . — Map (db m55727) HM
Virginia (Madison County), Woodberry Forest — F-24 — Woodberry Forest School
Two miles northeast is Woodberry Forest School, a college preparatory school for boys, founded in 1889 by Robert Stringfellow Walker, a captain with Mosby's Rangers. The school was named for the estate on which it stands, formerly owned by William . . . — Map (db m4755) HM
Virginia (Rappahannock County), Flint Hill — Albert Gallatin WillisA Life Laid Down for a Friend
This is the burial site of a Mosby Ranger who sacrificed himself for a friend. By the autumn of 1864, Confederate John S. Mosby’s Rangers had so harassed Union troops, supply lines, and railroads in northern Virginia that Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant . . . — Map (db m49528) HM

Virginia (Fauquier County), Rectortown — RectortownMcClellan’s Demise, Mosby’s Raffle — Mosby's Confederacy
On November 5, 1862, several weeks after a tainted victory at Antietam, the Army of the Potomac's Commander-in-Chief Gen. George Brinton McClellan established his headquarters here. That same day President Abraham Lincoln wrote the orders relieving . . . — Map (db m1173) HM

Virginia (Clarke County), Berryville — Col. Morgan's Lane
Col. Morgan's Lane Aug. 19, 1864 Mosby's Attack on Custer's House Burners. No Prisoners —— — Map (db m4603) HM
Virginia, Manassas — Opera House
Built circa 1907. Served as the main community center for Manassas until the mid 1930s. It later was used by the Manassas Journal newspaper. — Map (db m2472) HM

Georgia (Coweta County), Newnan — William Thomas Overby
In Memory of William Thomas Overby Confederate Hero. Enlisted May 31, 1861, Co. A. 7th Ga. Infantry. Wounded at Second Manassas Aug. 30, 1862. Then joined Co. D, 43rd Batln. Mosby's Ranger. Raided within Federal lines to . . . — Map (db m70865) HM WM
Pennsylvania (Adams County), Gettysburg — Schriver's Saloon and Ten-Pin Alley
This 1860 home was the wartime residence of George and Hettie Schriver. The cellar housed Schriver's Saloon and Ten-pin Alley. At the time of the battle, George was away serving in Cole's cavalry. In the early afternoon of July 1st, Hettie took . . . — Map (db m89163) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Chantilly — Clover Hill
Clover Hill, the residence of Alexander Turley, was built near here ca. 1823 on a high point of Turley's 450-acre farm. The two-story brick house featured Alexander Turley's initials incorporated into the chimney using glazed bricks. Slave cabins . . . — Map (db m95088) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), Catlett — B-35 — Mosby’s Raid at Catlett’s Station
To halt the flow of supplies to Union forces on the Orange & Alexandria R.R., Maj. John S. Mosby, C.S.A., destroyed a train near here on 30 May 1863. Removing a rail to stop the train, Mosby’s Rangers disabled the engine with a recently acquired . . . — Map (db m2246) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), Delaplane — B-40 — Death of 2d Lt. James “Big Yankee” Ames
Sergeant James F. Ames of the 5th New York Cavalry deserted the Union army in Feb. 1863 and joined Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers (later 43d Cavalry Battalion). Nicknamed “Big Yankee” Ames rose to the rank of 2d lieutenant. On . . . — Map (db m643) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Woodbridge — Bacon Race Church and Cemetery
The first of three churches, variously known as Occoquan Meeting House, Bacon Race Church, and Oak Grove Church, was built on this site c. 1774. Led by Elder David Thomas, it was Prince William County’s first Baptist Church. These churches were Old . . . — Map (db m3249) HM
Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-9 — Execution of Mosby’s Men
On 23 Sept. 1864 in a fight south of town, some of Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers mortally wounded Lt. Charles McMaster, 2nd U. S. Cavalry, after he allegedly surrendered. Union Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert’s cavalrymen retaliated by executing six . . . — Map (db m2447) HM

Virginia (Clarke County), Millwood — Mt. Carmel Fight
Mt. Carmel Fight Feb. 19, 1865 Mosby & U.S. Cavalry —— — Map (db m3486) HM

Virginia (Fairfax County), Alexandria — The Rose Hill RaidA Not-So-Tender Reunion
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 . . . — Map (db m67535) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Clifton — Devereux StationOrange and Alexandria Railroad
Devereux Station, constructed in 1863 on the Orange and Alexandria (O&A) Railroad, was located down the tracks to your left. After the Confederate army withdrew from northern Virginia toward Richmond in March 1862, the U.S. Military Railroad (USMRR) . . . — Map (db m57200) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Clifton — Wolf Run ShoalsStrategic Crossing Point
During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate forces considered Wolf Run Shoals an essential crossing point on the Occoquan River through 1963. Confederate regiments camped on the south side of the shoals and posted pickets there from the winter . . . — Map (db m74885) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Fairfax Station — Skirmish at St. Mary’sVictory or Death
Monday, August 8, 1864, was a hot and sultry day. Capt. John McMenamin of the 15th New York Volunteer Cavalry and Capt. James Fleming of the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry had stopped at St. Mary's Church on the Ox Road (now Fairfax Station Rd.), . . . — Map (db m186) HM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Herndon — Laura RatcliffeCivil War Spy — Virginia Civil War Trails
Laura Ratcliffe, a spy for noted Confederate officers J.E.B. Stuart and John S. Mosby, lived here at Merrybrook after the Civil War. It is the only known remaining house associated with her. During the war, she lived two-and-a-half miles south of . . . — Map (db m126642) HM WM
Virginia (Fairfax County), Vienna — Freedom Hill RedoubtLate-War Protection
Small batteries called redoubts were constructed during the Civil War as part of the outer defensive lines that encircled Washington, D.C. Late in the war, the one in front of you was built here on Freedom Hill (according to tradition, named for one . . . — Map (db m59843) HM
Virginia (Fauquier County), The Plains — The PlainsThe Death of a “Jessie Scout” — Mosby’s Confederacy, First Manassas Campaign, Second Manassas Campaign
The Plains, situated on the Manassas Gap Railroad between Piedmont Station and Manassas Junction, was frequently traversed by troops from both sides. Throughout the war, local resident Edward (Ned) Carter Turner kept a detailed diary. Ned’s . . . — Map (db m1237) HM
Virginia (Frederick County), Stephens City — NewtownBurnings and Hangings — 1864 Valley Campaign
As the Federal army attempted to conquer and hold the Valley in 1864, its lines of supply and communication were extended and became susceptible to attack by bands of Confederate partisans. On May 24, 1864, under orders from Union Gen. David . . . — Map (db m41658) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Aldie — The Fog of WarThe Mosby / Forbes Chase of July 4 to July 6, 1864 — American Civil War 1861 - 1865
❶ Evening, July 4, 1864: Union Col. Charles Lowell sends Major William Forbes from Fairfax with 157 horse soldiers of the 2nd Massachusetts and 13th New York Cavalry (detachments) on patrol between Aldie and Leesburg to report any . . . — Map (db m104378) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Brambleton — Lyon Family Cemetery and Pvt. Richard MoranHistory of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks
"Mount up, the Yankees are coming!" -Pvt. Richard Moran April 1, 1863 prior to the "Battle of Miskel's Farm" Pvt. Richard (Dick) Moran is buried at this site. Moran was a member of the 43rd Va. Cavalry and leading member of "Mosby's . . . — Map (db m20011) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Leesburg — Loudoun County Court SquareWartime in Leesburg
Before the war, the courthouse square was the location of slave auctions and militia recruiting activities. On October 21, 1861, after the Battle of Ball's Bluff, more than 500 Union prisoners, including Col. Milton Cogswell, 42nd New York Infantry, . . . — Map (db m63738) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Leesburg — OatlandsCivil War Comes to Oatlands
The Civil War arrived in Loudoun County on October 21, 1861, with the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. As Confederate forces gathered to protect Leesburg, Elizabeth Grayson Carter, the widowed mistress of Oatlands, wrote in her journal on October 17, . . . — Map (db m1164) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Middleburg — Middleburg Baptist ChurchSharon Cemetery’s Notable Confederate Dead
After the Second Battle of Manassas, August 28-30, 1862, the Middleburg Baptist Church (to your right) served as a hospital for wounded Confederate Soldiers. Some of those who died there are buried in Sharon Cemetery, in front of you, the final . . . — Map (db m117991) HM
Virginia (Prince William County), Nokesville — GreenwichUnion Jack over Dixie
Although several engagements occurred nearby, Greenwich escaped unscathed, in part because of the creative actions of resident Charles Green, an Englishman. Green flew the British flag over his Carpenter's Gothic Home, The Lawn, built in 1855 . . . — Map (db m4360) HM
West Virginia (Jefferson County), Millville — Keyes' Switch EngagementThe Last of the Loudoun Rangers
This is the site of the last Civil War engagement in Jefferson County and one of the last fights involving Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers. It also marked the end of the Independent Loudoun Rangers, a small cavalry unit recruited in 1862 from Loudoun . . . — Map (db m59417) HM

Virginia (Fairfax County), Springfield — Orange and Alexandria RRStrategic Target
The Lake Accotink access road here lies atop the original road bed of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, chartered in 1849 to link the port city of Alexandria with Gordonsville in central Virginia. After the war began in 1861, railroads became . . . — Map (db m2749) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Middleburg — Mount DefianceThe Battle of Middleburg — Gettysburg Campaign
(preface) After Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's stunning victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, he led the Army of Northern Virginia west to the Shenandoah Valley, then north through central Maryland and across the Mason-Dixon Line . . . — Map (db m117990) HM
Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Front RoyalCrossroads of War
During the Civil War, Front Royal, a “cross-roads town” of fewer than 600 residents, was the economic center of Warren County. One soldier described the town as “...quite rural. The principal objects of interest are two small . . . — Map (db m2436) HM

Virginia (Fairfax County), Vienna — Strategic JunctionHunter Mill Road and the AL&H Railroad
At the beginning of the American Civil War in mid-1861, Union General Irvin McDowell, Commander, Army of Northeastern Virginia, knew that his army lacked an adequate supply of wagons. The Alexandria, Loudoun, and Hampshire Railroad (today's W&OD . . . — Map (db m24864) HM
Virginia (Loudoun County), Leesburg — LeesburgFrom Paradise to Peril — Antietam and Gettysburg Campaigns
“Leesburg! Paradise of the youthful warrior! Land of excellent edibles and beautiful maidens!” — so wrote a Confederate artilleryman in late 1861. A year later, a northern correspondent found Leesburg a weary town full of . . . — Map (db m1544) HM

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