On 22 Aug. 1862, Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart led his cavalry on a raid behind Union Maj. Gen. John Pope's army. Stuart crossed the Rappahannock River at Waterloo Bridge, two miles west, then rode around Pope's right flank just north of here to attack Catlett Station on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad after dark. The raid did little damage but Stuart captured Pope's colorful dress uniform coat. Stuart, who earlier had lost his plumed hat to Union cavalry, soon wrote Pope suggesting an exchange of "prisoners." Receiving no reply, Stuart sent the coat to Richmond, where Gov. John Letcher displayed it in the Capitol.
Geographic Location: Fauquier County
Physical Description of Location: 8869-8999 Lee Highway (Route 211), Warrenton, VA 20186. Located on Lee Hwy (Hwy 29), 1.5 miles southwest of the intersection of Lee Hwy (Hwy 29) and Co. Road 688. Marker is on the right when traveling southwest on Lee Hwy (Hwy 29).
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