On 10 October 1863 Confederate cavalry cormmanded by Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart engaged Union cavalry and infantry under Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick and Maj. Gen. William H. French at James City (present-day Leon). The two forces confronted each other atop the ridges on either side of the village, and an artillery duel ensued. James City virtually disappeared in the smoke. A Confederate detachment captured the Union signal station on Thorofare Mountain, a mile to the south. Late in the day Stuart repulsed a Union cavalry charge, and during the night the Union force withdrew toward Culpeper. This engagement was the only instance during the war when Stuart led a force without a Virginia regiment.
Geographic Location: Madison County
Physical Description of Location: Robertson, VA 22725. Located on North Seminole Road (Hwy 29), 2 miles southwest of the junction of North Seminole Road (Hwy 29) and State Route 609. Marker is on the right when traveling southwest on North Seminole Road (Hwy 29).
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