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Historical marker describes Mosby's escape at Miskel Farm

(State Seal at top: Virginia -Sic Semper Tyrannus)

Mosby's Rangers

Battle of Miskel Farm - March 31, 1863

Captain John Singleton Mosby and 69 of his Confederate Ranger Troop were surprised at dawn while sleeping here in the Miskel farmhouse and hay barn by 150 Union cavalry. Though greatly outnumbered, Captain Mosby led his rangers on foot with revolvers and sabres to complete victory over the entire Union force. Not only did Mosby and his troop escape the trap, but they accounted for 23 Union casualties and 82 prisoners, losing only 6 men themselves. For this remarkable feat Mosby was promoted to major by General Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy.

Potomac Historical Society