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    PHOTOGRAPH FAIRFAX COURT HOUSE VIRGINIA JUNE 1863. At 2:00 am on March 9, 1863, Mosby and 29 men suddenly appeared in the town of Fairfax Court House, Virginia, ten miles behind the Union lines. There were thousands of Union troops in the surrounding camps and many in the town. The night being dark and rainy, Mosby and his men had been able to slip past the numerous outposts and pickets as they approached, cutting telegraph wires to prevent knowledge of their activities from escaping the town. As his men quietly captured the guards, Mosby knocked on the door of Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton's headquarters. The lieutenant answering the door had no choice but to conduct Mosby to the general's bedroom, where Stoughton lay asleep in bed. Mosby awakened Stoughton with a slap on his behind and informed him that was now a prisoner. When Stoughton was dressed, Mosby escorted him out to the street, where the rangers had gathered 32 other surprised prisoners and 58 horses. This is the image taken by T. H. O'Sullivan in June of 1863 after Mosby's attack in March. This photograph printed by A. Gardner, Washington D. C. and is in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War, 1865. 9" x 6.75" mounted on card 15.50" x 12".

    Condition: Fine, beautiful contrast.


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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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