Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape"

Stuart's "Very Narrow Escape" (HM2K2)

Location: Unionville, VA 22567 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 16.313', W 77° 53.768'

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At dawn on 18 Aug. 1862, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart was awakened by the clatter of approaching cavalry. Expecting Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to join him in scouting Maj. Gen. John Pope's Union army, Stuart was surprised by Federal troopers instead. Mounting his horse Skylark, Stuart vaulted a fence and barely escaped, but lost his hat. The next day, he wrote his wife that "I am greeted on all sides with congratulations and 'where's your hat!' I intend to make the Yankees pay for that hat." On 22 Aug., raiding Catlett Station, Stuart captured Pope's gaudy dress uniform coat and later suggested an exchange of "prisoners" to no avail.
HM NumberHM2K2
Marker NumberJJ 12
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 246643 N 4239949
Decimal Degrees38.27188333, -77.89613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.313', W 77° 53.768'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 18.78" N, 77° 53' 46.08" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27280 VA-20, Unionville VA 22567, US
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