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Fairfax County, Virgina - the hub of Civil War history.
Fairfax County in the year
1863, there wasn't a soul in the city or countryside who didn't know the name John Singleton Mosby. Also
known as "The Gray Ghost", Mosby was a small-town lawyer, turned ingenious
Confederate citizen soldier who struck fear in the hearts of his Union
Mosby first enlisted after Virginia seceded from the Union
as a member of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. His study of military history led him
to believe that a small number of men staying at safe houses over a large rural
area could launch devastating surprise attacks by day or night that would weaken
the enemy's morale and tie up troops that would otherwise threaten the main
Confederate forces. He was right. And the raids he led became the stuff of
The 150th anniversary commemorations of two of his famous raids
will take place this March:
Mosby's Fairfax Raid,
March 9th. The early morning capture of Union General Edwin Stoughton, 18 armed
men and several horses—without firing a single shot—is Mosby's most storied
Mosby's Raid on Herndon
Station, March 17th. The Saint Patrick's Day skirmish will take place once
again as reenactors capture 25 members of the 1st Vermont Cavalry.