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."
Year On Marker: 2001
Geographic Location: Fauquier County
Physical Description of Location: 3001-3039 Winchester Road (Route 17), Delaplane, VA 20144. Marker is on right when traveling north on Route 17, about .2 miles north of the intersection with Rokeby Road.
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