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Executions of Mosby's Men J9

A historical marker on the the Executions of Mosby's Men was placed north of Front Royal, Virginia in 2004 by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. It is next to another Virginia historical marker on the Civil War Guard Hill Engagement and to a pair of Civil War Circle Tour markers on the Battle of Front Royal.


A wayside marker in Front Royal also tells about the executions and provides pictures of four of the men.


How to find the markers

The markers are north of Front Royal, north of the bridges over the Shenandoah River on the west side of Winchester Road (U.S. 340 & 522) just north of the intersection with Guard Hill Road/Riverton Road.( 38.9529° N, 78.2001° W; see map)


Text from the marker



Executions of
Mosby's Men


On 23 Sept. 1864, in a fight south of town, some
of Lt. Col. John S. Mosby's Rangers mortally
wounded Lt. Charles McMaster, 2d U.S. Cavalry,
after he allegedly surrendered. Union Gen.
Alfred T. A. Torbert's cavalrymen retaliated by
executing six captured Rangers nearby. They
shot David L. Jones and Lucien Love behind the
Methodist Church. Thomas E. Anderson beneath
an elm tree, and Front ROyal resident Henry
Rhodes in a field in front of ROse Hill; they
hanged William Thomas Overby and a Ranger
named Carter at the W. E. Carson house, Mosby,
believing Gen. George A. Custer responsible, on
6 Nov. ordered an equal number of his men
executed near Berryville.


Department of historic resources, 2004.

Execution of Mosby's Men historical marker north of Front Royal, Virginia (above) Execution of Mosby's Men historical marker north of Front Royal, Virginia

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