The Mosby-Forbes Engagement July 6, 1864

The Mosby-Forbes Engagement July 6, 1864 (HM1Z0I)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun County
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N 38° 57.806', W 77° 36.559'

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—American Civil War 1861 - 1865 —

The Battle of Mt. Zion Church began just east of here in the late afternoon hours of July 6, 1864, as Confederate Lieutenant Colonel John Singleton Mosby's artillery struck Union cavalry under Major William Hathaway Forbes. Amid a rousing "rebel yell" Confederate Rangers swooped down on detachments of the 2nd Massachusetts and 13th New York Cavalries. Forbes gallantly tried to rally his confused men as he rushed at Mosby swinging his saber. In the heat of the battle, Forbes' attack missed Mosby as a Confederate Ranger Tom Richards intervened between the two commanders, misfiring his pistol directly in Forbes' face. Unharmed Forbes turns on Richards with his saber, thrusting with such force that his sword was embedded in the Confederate's shoulder and wrenched from Forbes' hand. At the same moment, Mosby fired a pistol at Forbes, missed and hit Forbes' horse, "Beauregard," pinning Forbes beneath his dying mount. Coming to the defense of Forbes, bugler A. P. Walker of the 2nd Massachusetts brushed aside another pistol leveled at Forbes, and he and "Fighting Major" surrendered. Mosby reported one killed and six wounded. Major Forbes was paroled at the end of 1864, and returned home until "exchanged" in April 1865 in time to see action at Saylors Creek and Appomatox. Ironically, the Forbes and
Mosby families began a friendship after the war that made them close business and political allies for more than 30 years.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273921 N 4315957
Decimal Degrees38.96343333, -77.60931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.806', W 77° 36.559'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 48.36" N, 77° 36' 33.54" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40319-40321 US-50, Leesburg VA 20175, US
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