Mosby Heritage Area Tour Page3
April 2004 photos/text courtesy of Richard Edling, PA

Ashby's Gap
Ashby's Gap was often used by the Confederate Army and Union Army in the several valley campaigns. In June 1863, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry held this gap to prevent Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker from interfering with Robert E. Lee's army as it marched north toward Pennsylvania in the Gettysburg Campaign. As cavalry battles raged in Aldie, Middlburg and Upperville General James Longstreet sent infantry and artillery across the Shenandoah river to hold Ashby's gap and support the Confederate cavalry

Front Royal
At Front Royal in September of 1864 Custer's men captured six of Mosby's Rangers. The Yankees shot four of them dead, and hanged the other two. The two corpses were left to dangle with a placard around their necks: THIS WILL BE THE FATE OF MOSBY AND ALL HIS MEN and the partisan chief retaliated with an equal number of Custer's. A note attached to one of the bodies stated that Mosby would treat all further captives as prisoners of war unless Custer committed some new act of cruelty. The killings stopped



Upperville Route 50 near Route 712
Stuart's troopers fought hard in and around this small town as they attacked, gave ground and counterattacked along the road June 21, 1863. The Confederate resistance proved successful in the end as Lee moved his army to Pennsylvania unseen


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