Death of 2d Lt. James "Big Yankee" Ames

Death of 2d Lt. James "Big Yankee" Ames (HM3TT)

Location: Delaplane, VA 20144 Fauquier County
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N 38° 55.103', W 77° 55.443'

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Sergeant James F. Ames of the 5th New York Cavalry deserted the Union army in Feb. 1863 and joined Lt. Col. John S. Mosby's Partisan Rangers (later 43d Cavalry Battalion). Nicknamed "Big Yankee" Ames rose to the rank of 2d lieutenant. On the night of 8 Mar. 1863 he guided Mosby's Rangers on the Fairfax Court House raid in which Mosby captured Union Brig. Gen. Edwin Stoughton. On 9 Oct. 1864 a Federal soldier shot and killed Ames on the road leading to Benjamin "Cook" Shacklett's house. The Union soldier was killed by Ranger Pvt. Ludwell Lake. Jr. Ames was buried nearby in an unmarked grave. Mosby said of Ames, "I never had a more faithful follower."
HM NumberHM3TT
Marker NumberB-40
Year Placed2001
Placed ByThe Department of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 9:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 246487 N 4311785
Decimal Degrees38.91838333, -77.92405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.103', W 77° 55.443'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 6.18" N, 77° 55' 26.58" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001-3039 U.S 17, Delaplane VA 20144, US
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