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Two Virginia guerrilla fighters to be commemorated Saturday

Two events about Confederate fighters are scheduled for Saturday: a lecture on Col. John S. Mosby’s Loudoun Heights Raid at 11 a.m. at a church near where it occurred, and a dedication at 2:30 p.m. of a nearby Virginia Civil War Trail sign for John W. Mobberly.

The night time raid, which took place on Jan. 10, 1864, is remembered now as Mosby’s biggest disaster, with friendly fire causing the most casualties. The lecture will be given by Mosby historian and author Eric Buckland at St. Paul’s Church in Purcellville, where Mosby’s partisan rangers gathered that snowy night before starting out on their raid against a large Union cavalry encampment overlooking the Potomac River near Loudoun Heights.

Also speaking at the event will be Civil War historian Robert H. Moore II, whose ancestors fought on the Union side of the raid.

The event is sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association. There is an admission fee of $10 for adults and $5 for students. Lunch will be available for purchase at the church.

The afternoon sign dedication ceremony will take place at Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, with speakers who will include Dick Crouch, author of a book about Mobberly, “Rough Riding Scout.”

Mobberly was embraced as a protector by Confederate sympathizers in the Between the Hills area who were often harassed by passing Union troops. The Union labeled him a horse thief and a bully who targeted Union supporters in the same area.


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