The Fog of War

The Fog of War (HM1Z0J)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun County
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N 38° 57.807', W 77° 36.557'

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The Mosby / Forbes Chase of July 4 to July 6, 1864

—American Civil War 1861 - 1865 —

❶ Evening, July 4, 1864: Union Col. Charles Lowell sends Major William Forbes from Fairfax with 157 horse soldiers of the 2nd Massachusetts and 13th New York Cavalry (detachments) on patrol between Aldie and Leesburg to report any Confederate movements. Lieutenant Colonel John S. Mosby and his cavalrymen are encamped at Point of Rocks.

❷ Morning, July 5: Major Forbes passes through Aldie and finds "all quiet." Forbes continues north passing Ball's Mill to Leesburg, returning to camp south of the mill.

❸ Evening, July 5: Mosby receives a report that Union cavalry is in Leesburg. He moves around Leesburg and halts near Waterford.

❹ Morning July 6: Forbes breaks camp and rides by Balls Mill to Leesburg. Finding no evidence of Mosby's Rangers, they return to Goose Creek.

❺ Morning, July 6: Mosby rides to Leesburg but finds Forbes has departed towards "Oatlands." The Rangers head south for a possible ambush.

❻ Afternoon, July 6: Forbes moves east on Little River Turnpike, halting near the Skinner farmhouse. Mosby's scouts shadow Forbes's cavalry, moving onto the turnpike east of the Federal troopers.

❼ Afternoon, July 6: Mosby moves west and
confronts Forbes at Mount Zion Church and the Skinner farm. Supported by a cannon, the mounted Rangers charge Forbes's dismounted cavalry, either capturing them or forcing them from the field.
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Date Added Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273924 N 4315958
Decimal Degrees38.96345000, -77.60928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.807', W 77° 36.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 48.42" N, 77° 36' 33.42" 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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