Confederate spy Laura Ratcliffe was born in Fairfax County in 1836. During the Civil War, she became an acquaintance of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart who introduced her to then-Lt. John Mosby in 1862. Mosby credited her with preventing his capture early in 1863. noting, “My life as a partisan would have closed that day.” Ratcliffe and other informants provided Mosby and his Partisan Rangers (43 d Battalion, Virginia Cavalry) important information that helped them raid Union outposts, communications, and supply lines. She married Milton Hanna in 1890. Ratcliffe died in 1923 and is buried here/nearby in a family cemetery.
Year On Marker: 2007
Original Sponsor: United Daughters of the Confederacy - Laura Ratcliffe Chapter
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Virginia 267 and Centerville Road, Herndon, VA 20170. Marker is on grounds of Washington Dulles Marriott facing Route 267.
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