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Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid - Herndon, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 38° 58.226 W 077° 23.158
18S E 293296 N 4316202
Quick Description: A information plaque on the raid of Herndon's train station.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:40:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM6CHN
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 7

Long Description:
"“My loss was nothing.” On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1863, Confederate Capt. John S. Mosby and 40 Partisan Rangers attacked the picket post of the 1st Vermont Cavalry guarding this station on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. The detachment commander Lt. Alexander G. Watson, had just been joined by Maj. William Wells and other officers to investigate charges that pickets were stealing from local citizens.

Arriving ahead of a Union relief force, Mosby and his men took the pickets by surprise with only one Vermonter wounded. The Union officers were having lunch at the home of Kitty Hanna, whose husband, Nat, rant the general store in the station. The officers were also captured after a brief struggle during which Wells fell through the attic ceiling but was not injured."

Mosby reported to Gen. J.E.B. Stuart that: Yesterday I attacked a body of the enemy's cavalry at Herndon Station, in Fairfax County, completely routing them . . . I brought off 25 prisoners—a major (Wells), 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 21 men, all their arms, 26 horses and equipments . . . My loss was nothing . . . In this affair my officers and men behaved splendidly.

Because of Mosby's success in Herndon and northern Virginia, Union forces soon withdrew beyond Difficult Run closer to Washington, D.C. Wells later received the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg. He kept in touch with Mosby after the war, and Well's daughter later invited Mosby to her wedding."
Type of site: Museum

Admission Charged: No Charge

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