Mosby Heritage Area Tour Page50
August 2007 photos/text courtesy of Richard Edling, PA

Marker in Berryville, VA
Another marker nearby reads:
Just after dawn on 13 Aug. 1864, Col. John Singleton Mosby and 300 of his 43d Battalion Partisan Rangers attacked the rear section of Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's 600-vehicle wagon train here. The train, headed for Winchester, carried supplies for Sheridan's cavalry. Mosby surprised and routed the Federals as they rested, cooked breakfast, and hitched their horses. Mosby's men, losing only one killed and one mortally wounded, captured 200 beef cattle, 500-600 horses, 100 wagons, and 200 soldiers. The raid ended by 6:30 a.m. Berryville's citizens, including many small boys, helped burn the wagons after liberating their contents

Another marker in Berryville
Colonel Mosby made many raids on picket posts and wagon trains in this area. Ranger John Russell lived close by


Clarke County Courthouse and Confederate monument Enlarge


Clarke County Courthouse marker


Marker near Berryville


Buck Marsh Fight marker in Clarke County
This is one in a series of granite markers placed by the J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the Confederate Veterans sometime in the 1890s to commemorate significant Civil War actions around Clarke County. The date of the inscription is incorrect, it was August 13, 1864
Buck Marsh Fight
Sept. 13, 1864
Mosby's Attack on
Sheridanís Wagon
Mosby gathered his Rangers at Rectortown on August 12th after hearing rumors of an immense Federal wagon train rumbling into the Valley. The train was discovered near Berryville that night and Mosby attacked it at dawn of the 13th. He had one mountain howitzer, which was used to throw the train into confusion, then his troopers charged the front and rear of the train simultaneously.  Bedlam ensued as the drivers spurred their wagons out of danger, and many of the guards broke and fled. However, a number of men of the 144th Ohio recovered and took up position behind a stonewall behind the old Buck Marsh Church while others took cover inside and began to fire of the Confederate raiders. The men kept up a murderous fire until a strong Rebel charge forced the men to retreat. With Union cavalry galloping up the pike from Berryville, Mosby broke off the action, gathered his loot and prisoners, and disappeared back into the hills. More than 70 wagons had been burned, 100 men were taken prisoner. The 144th Ohio's loss in this disastrous affair was 5 killed, 10 wounded, 76 captured

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