Loudoun Heights Clash Union Maj. Henry A. Cole's 1st Maryland Cavalry was camped here on Loudoun Heights on 10 Jan. 1864 when Confederate Maj. John S. Mosby and Capt. Benjamin Franklin _x001C_Frank_x001D_ Stringfellow attacked before dawn with about 100 mounted Partisan Rangers. In the darkness, Mosby mistook Stringfellow's detachment for Federals and they exchanged fire. Cole's troopers rallied, shooting at the Rangers, the only men on horseback. After heavy fighting the Rangers retreated toward Hillsboro. Mosby's losses were one captured, three wounded, and eight killed, including Capts. William Thomas Turner and William R. Smith, two of Mosby's most trusted officers.
Year On Marker: 2006
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Loudoun County
Physical Description of Location: Purcellville, VA 20132. Located on Harpers Ferry Road, 0.4 miles southwest of the junction of Harpers Ferry Road and Jefferson Pike (Hwy 340). Marker is on the right when traveling southwest on Harpers Ferry Road.
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