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Cole vs. Mosby: The end to a “rivalry”(?)

February 21, 2014 by

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February 21, 1864 was a Sunday. A good day, it seems, for an ending. Mosby had ordered his command to assemble at Piedmont to attend the funeral of Ranger Joseph McCobb (a rather elusive person to find in records, by the way), who had been killed (by a fall from his horse) in the fight, the day […]

Loudoun Heights, saved! Well… almost…

January 10, 2014 by

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Three posts by me in one day may not be unprecedented, but it sure is rare… and with news like this, I couldn’t resist. Word came to me earlier today, via blogging pal Craig Swain, that a portion of the Loudoun Heights battle site is now a state park. Friday morning, McDonnell’s office announced that […]

A Unionist woman, who was also wife to a Ranger riding with Mosby

March 2, 2013 by

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Yes, you read that right. I happened upon this when I “strayed” beyond my normal boundaries, and took a look at claims submitted by those “deep” in Northern Virginia. Letitia Follin Strother (of Vienna, Fairfax County) submitted the claim to which I refer, and was approved. I’ll add to that… we not only know that […]

Identifying more unknowns: Blazer’s Scouts killed in the Kabletown fight against Mosby’s Rangers

September 4, 2011 by

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I’ve come into some more good stuff while sifting through information about Winchester National Cemetery… especially as one interested in the history of counter-guerilla operations in the Civil War. Perhaps I should set the stage for the story… The date, November 18, 1864; the place, between Kabletown and Myerstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia; the unit, […]

Found!(?) Union soldiers hung by Mosby’s command

August 28, 2011 by

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Not as if I was really looking for them, but it appears the find has fallen in my lap… at least, I think it can be considered a find. Spending time, like I do, in the Winchester and Staunton National cemeteries, as well as with pertinent documents and publications (the Roll of Honor stands as […]

Murder or warfare? The night attack at Loudoun Heights

September 16, 2009 by

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Thinking back to my post about Abraham Sosey’s headstone and a comment made about “murder” (a thought-provoking comment considering the nature of guerilla warfare in the Civil War), I thought I’d post a little something I read in C. Armour Newcomer’s book about Cole’s Cavalry (Newcomer was a member of Co. D of Cole’s Cavalry). In the […]

Considering animosity from the other side

September 5, 2009 by

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Not long ago, I was walking through the Lutheran cemetery (St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Yard) in Clear Spring and came across this headstone for Abraham L. Sossy [*]… I’m surprised I have never seen it before, because I have been to the cemetery several times. Nonetheless, when taking a little more time to walk […]

Confederate ancestor analysis #3 – Joseph Richards

September 2, 2009 by

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Joseph Richards was born in 1833 (the third of seven children) to Aquilla and “Millie” Keyser Richards. Aquilla was of Welsh descent (the family having entered Pennsylvania in the late 1600s/early 1700s), while Millie was of German and English ancestry. In the 1850 census, after the death of his father, Aquilla (ca. 1804-ca. 1849), Joseph, […]