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This web site was developed to inform and educate War Between the States (or Civil War) historians and enthusiasts about upcoming Mosby Confederacy bus tours, speaking engagements and books published by Don Hakenson and his partner Gregg Dudding. Don has been researching, analyzing and visiting unknown civil war skirmish sites and locations, especially related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers for the last twenty years. In the last twelve years he has definitely concentrated his efforts on the Gray Ghost and the combat incidents, events and heritage that occurred in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Gregg has been a living historian for over twelve years and is an expert of the 17th Virginia Infantry.

This web page is dedicated to educate people about the little known, but significant events and incidents where Civil War history has been recorded, and especially where soldiers were wounded or killed in action in Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Loudoun, Clarke, Warren and Rappahannock Counties, in Northern Virginia. We want people to experience and visit these before unknown locations where history was made and possibly where men lost their lives. It is our intention and hope that the visitors to this web site will find something of immeasurable value relating to Virginia during The War, and Col. Mosby and his men.

Civil War Bus Tours

We also schedule various Mosby Confederacy Bus Tours. The Mosby tours are usually scheduled annually in the spring and fall each year. Additional tours are available upon request. 


Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia

5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Saturday October 1, 2011

The John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton, VA - Admission is $8.00

One and a half years into the American Civil War, Captain John Singleton Mosby was given a small group of rangers from his former commander, General JEB Stuart to conduct independent partisan operations into Northern Virginia. These rangers would eventually become the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and would grow from nine to around 2,000 men. Mosby is considered by military historians as the most successful leader of such partisan guerilla activities.
Six local historians take you to forty-two locations in Fairfax County where "Mosby's Rangers" conducted combat operations and describe in vivid detail what happened at each. Through on-site video, hundreds of historical photos, and an accompanying map, this documentary presents a unique visual history of the Civil War.

"An effective and detailed presentation!” Hugh Keen and Horace Mewborn, co-authors of 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby's Command.
The DVDs of the movie, including a map of all the operations, will be available for $25 ($26.25 including tax). Visa and MasterCard accepted. The movie is 90 minutes long. For mailed copies, send $29.25 to HMS Productions, 4708 Lillian Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310
The John Barton Payne Building is located at 2 Courthouse Square in the City of Warrenton, VA across from the Old Court House. For directions visit www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments/library/index.cfm
for further information email Paula Johnson at pauladrdr@AOL.com, or call 540.341 7019


 Speaking Engagements

We schedule various speaking engagement throughout the year.  The talks are usually about Colonel John S. Mosby and the Civil War history outside of the City of Alexandria, Virginia.  Speaking engagements are upon request.  


Chronicle Newspapers 

Friday, March 31, 2006

John Burke Saves General Wade Hampton's Life at Potter's Hill

By Donald Hakenson

While researching the Civil War history of Franconia, Telegraph Road and Lorton, I found a very interesting character, a Confederate scout and spy who operated in our neighborhood during 1861 and early 1862. His name was John Burke. He would obtain the rank of colonel and be forever known as "the spy with the glass eye" because he lost his eye while a youth.

E. Prioleau Henderson, the author of Autobiography of Arab, tells the story of John Burke saving Wade Hampton from an ambuscade on Potter's Hill in the Franconia and Telegraph area. Sometime in January 1862, Colonel Wade Hampton, with detachments from four cavalry companies, and one piece of Capt. S.D. Lee's battery, crossed the Occoquan River, and started via Pohick Church towards Alexandria, in Fairfax County. They had only gotten a few miles beyond the church (Telegraph Road), when they encountered a small body of Union cavalry. The Yankees immediately turned and fled with Hampton in hot pursuit. Hampton pursued them about a mile and a half when they disappeared beyond a small hill (Potter's Hill, approximately where the old Beulah Street crosses over Telegraph Road, leading to Round Hill and a portion of the land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers). During this chase, Hampton, Sergeant Woodward Barnwell and Henderson were well ahead of the rest of the squadron. Just as Hampton and the other two cavalrymen were clearing Potter's Hill to proceed down the valley, a man in gray uniform dashed out from the undergrowth on the left of the road and shouted to Colonel Hampton to halt. The man ran directly in front of the Colonel's horse, begging him for God's sake to stop the pursuit, because they were riding into a regular ambuscade set up for them in the valley at Round Hill. The Confederate informed Hampton that there was a large force of infantry and artillery, besides the cavalry, concealed in the woods at the bottom of the hill. The Texas scout had concealed himself for several hours at that spot, watching the Union troop movements and wondering what they were after. Hampton immediately stopped the pursuit and reformed his squadron on the top of Potter's Hill. Sergeant Barnwell returned after realizing that he was the only trooper charging down the hill. Henderson remarked, "It looked like the Sergeant was going to charge them single-handedly."

The scout was right. The valley was blue with Union cavalry. The enemy kept their infantry and artillery concealed hoping that the Confederate column was forming on Potter's Hill to charge them. When the Union troops saw that the Confederates were not going to enter their trap they started shaking their sabers and cursing at the Confederates. Then both sides started firing at each other. The Union troops were using Sharp's carbines and the Confederates were using pistols. The Union sharpshooters did manage to shoot Corporal Lip. Griffin in the face and one or two others were slightly wounded, in addition to several horses. Colonel Hampton then decided to retreat back across the Occoquan, regretting that he did not have his whole unit.

The scout that ran out of the bushes that day to warn Colonel Hampton was none other than John Burke. If it had not been for Burke's timely warning, many Confederates, including Hampton himself, may have lost their lives at the bottom of Potter's Hill. Hampton went on to glory in the Confederate Cavalry, obtained the rank of Lieutenant General, and returned to South Carolina to live in peace. However, it is very likely that Hampton would never forget his small adventure into the Franconia, Telegraph and Beulah area.

Burke returned to Texas, resumed his lawyer practice in Marshall at the close of the war, and, in 1865, married Miss Jennie Taylor. Colonel Burke died in Jefferson, Texas, in 1872. He left behind his wife, two sons, John and Edmund, and daughter, Alice.

Colonel Burke was just as courageous for his exploits as John Singleton Mosby and Frank Stringfellow, but has been overlooked by Civil War historians.

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Chronicle Newspapers 

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The Reid Farm during the War Between the States

By Don Hakenson



First Sgt. Wakefield and the Little White Church

Written and Contributed by Don Hakenson


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 Monday, December 13, 2004

The Rose Hill Raid

Rose Hill, located in eastern Fairfax County. Photo courtesy Tom Evans.
By Don Hakenson


On September 27th and 28th of 1863, Ranger John S. Mosby made a reconnaissance in the vicinity of Alexandria to capture the pretend governor of Virginia, Francis Pierpont. "Pretend" because Virginia had seceded from the Union and Pierpont was appointed by Lincoln. Unfortunately for Mosby and fortunately for Pierpont, he was called into Washington City. Mosby then changed his plans and decided to raid the Rose Hill house, which would have been located today at the end of May Boulevard, off Rose Hill Drive. Mosby went to the Rose Hill house to capture Colonel Daniel French Dulaney, the aide to the bogus governor. While in the Franconia area, Major Mosby had already captured several horses and burned the railroad bridge across Cameron Run, which was under the immediate protection of the guns of two forts nearby.

Riding with Major Mosby on this raid was Ranger D. French Dulaney, Colonel Delaney's son. Ranger Mosby penned a letter to his wife shortly after the raid and wrote

"...It was quite an amusing scene, between Colonel Dulaney and his son. Just as we were about leaving the Colonel sarcastically remarked to his son that he had an old pair of shoes he had better take, as he reckoned they were darned scarce in the Confederacy, whereupon the son holding up his leg which was encased in a fine pair of cavalry boots just captured from a sutler, asked the old man what he thought of that."

Anne S. Frobel wrote in her diary, "One night a party of Mosby's boys came very unexpectedly to Rose Hill, and took off Col. Dulaney. One of them was his own son. I was very much amused when I heard the story, and the whole scene narrated. This boy's first greeting to his father when he rushed into the room where his father was in bed. In his gruff boyish voice, "How do Pa-I'm very glad to see you," and the father's answer sitting up in bed, with proper dignity, "Well sir, I'm d-sorry to see you." But they took him down to Richmond nevertheless." Anne Frobel continued to write in her diary, "I laughed although I always liked Col. Dulaney and think it was well for us to have such a person in the neighborhood, he is kind hearted and inoffensive, and could do, and did do many things for the people around that they could not have gotten done otherwise."

As you can see from what Anne Frobel wrote, Colonel Dulaney, though he was a Yankee, was well respected by the Southerners in the Franconia area.

However, there is a sad end to this tale that must be communicated to the reader. Colonel Dulaney was sent to Libby Prison, in Richmond, then exchanged and returned to Fairfax County. The 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry killed young French Dulaney almost one year later in a raid at Herndon. Colonel Dulaney survived the war and was buried at the Old Falls Church. However, the real tragedy is that no one today knows where French Dulaney was put to rest. There is no tombstone recorded in Fairfax County with his name on it, and we can only hope that his father knew his son's final resting place.

The Connection Newspapers

Franconia History Marked
A native son of Franconia gets a marker after 169 years.
By Chuck Hagee
November 24, 2004

The Franconia section of Fairfax County's Lee District staked its claim to being a major player in American history once again last Saturday with the dedication of a historical marker honoring one of its most colorful and renowned residents.  On a grassy slope just east of Twain Middle School on Franconia Road, a historical marker was unveiled recognizing the accomplishments and   contributions of General Fitzhugh Lee, CSA, great grandson of George Mason, grandson of Harry "Lighthorse" Lee and nephew of Robert E. Lee.
In welcoming the crowd to the dedication  ceremony, which included descendants of Fitzhugh Lee and Robert E. Lee, Dana Kauffman, Lee District supervisor, said, "So often when folks think of Fairfax County they think of the new communities and the high tech industries. But, it's also important we remember our history and honor key figures in our past."  The marker, sponsored by the Franconia Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of Franconia area history, was made possible by contributions from museum members matched by the Fairfax County Historical Commission, according to Phyllis Walker Ford, president, Franconia Museum, Inc. It cost approximately $1,200, she said.  Born at "Clermont," Fairfax County, on Nov. 19, 1835, Lee's boyhood home was located on what is now the Capital Beltway, approximately midway between the Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue interchanges, said Gregg Dudding, dedication speaker and vice president for education of the museum.  "Fitzhugh Lee attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point while his uncle, Robert E. Lee, was superintendent. But, unlike his uncle, who never had a blemish on his student record and one of the highest ranking ever to graduate, Fitzhugh was always in trouble," Dudding said.  "His uncle had him up twice for misconduct and was about to expel him. But Fitzhugh's classmates prevailed upon Robert E. Lee to keep his nephew in the Academy. He finally graduated in 1856 with a standing of 45th in a class of 49," Dudding said.
Following graduation, he proved to be an outstanding officer, first for the Confederacy and later for the United States Army. He also made a mercurial rise from first lieutenant in May 1861 to major general in August 1862 in the Army of The Confederacy.
  Before serving under his famous uncle in the Civil War, Fitzhugh was "seriously wounded while fighting in the Indian wars" and returned to West Point where, "he became an assistant instructor." He resigned from that position to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Confederate service," according to data inscribed on the marker.  The marker also states, "At 27, he was one of the youngest cavalry commanders in the war. Called 'Fitz' he led a brigade through the Antietam Campaign, and at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Wounded at the Third Battle of Winchester, he stayed out of action until the last leg of the war, in which he served as Gen. Robert E. Lee's chief of cavalry corps."
He surrendered his command "right after Appomattox." Following the Civil War, he was elected Governor of Virginia, worked as a farmer, and was appointed consul general in Havana. He also ran for the U.S. Senate but was defeated, Dudding said.  "While [Fitzhugh Lee was] in his 60s, President McKinley called him back to active duty to serve in the Spanish-American War as a major general in the U.S. Volunteer Army," Dudding said. Lee retired in 1901.  As noted on the marker, "He later wrote a biography of his famous uncle, as well as other works about the Civil War." Fitzhugh Lee died on April 28, 1905, in the District of Columbia. His body was later moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, "where many other confederate veterans are buried," Dudding said.  Museum contributors to the marker, as named by Ford during the ceremony and listed in the program were: John Briar, Delores Comer-Frye, William G. Dudding, Rom Evans, Phyllis Walker Ford, Donald Hakenson, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nilson, Steve Sherman, Edward C. Trexler, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Walker.

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Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County

Don Hakenson and Chuck Mauro have produced a documentary entitled “Mosby’s Combat Operations in Fairfax County.”     

Six Civil War historians narrated the stories of Mosby’s combat operations at forty-five locations within the county both on-site and in the studio.  They are Eric Buckland, Tom Evans, Don Hakenson, Chuck Mauro, Stevan Meserve and Mayo Stuntz.

Chuck Mauro directed the film and Bert Morgan, of BLM Productions is the Assistant Director.  The documentary was filmed and edited by Morgan.

For further information contact Chuck at cmauro10@aol.com or Don at Dhakenson@cox.net or send a check made out to Don Hakenson and write in the memo area of the check:  Mosby doc. And send it to:

Don Hakenson

4708 Lillian Drive

Alexandria, Virginia 22310

Thanking you in advance,



Reminiscences of Frank H. Rahm of Mosby's Command & an Analysis of Ranger John H. Lunceford Traitor or Coward? or Unjustly Accused?

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Hard cover

by Don Hakenson

Read about Lieutenant Frank H. Rahm's first hand account of his service
with the Forty-third Battalion Virginia Cavalry; his relationship with
Colonel John S. Mosby; and the execution of Ranger Albert Gallatin Willis in
the Chester Gap. Also read and learn about Lieutenant Rahm's capture; his
escape; and his return to Mosby's Confederacy.  His original reminiscence
was published in 1895.  Also, find out if Ranger John H. Lunceford was a
traitor or a coward by revealing and leading Union troops to where Mosby was
hiding his artillery in the Cobbler Mountains. 

Item:  Reminiscences of Frank H. Rahm of Mosby's Command & an Analysis of Ranger John H. Lunceford Traitor or Coward? or Unjustly Accused?

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


This Forgotten Land:

(Revised Edition)

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Hard cover, color photographs and maps

by Don Hakenson

This Forgotten Land documents the men and women, North and South, who lived in the Telegraph, Gunston, Colchester, Beulah and Franconia areas that are located outside of the City of Alexandria, Virginia. This area had become a forgotten land concerning the history of the War Between the States. The book identifies skirmish sites, Union forts and camp sites, the forgotten homes of Confederate veterans, burial sites of Union and Confederate soldiers, and other interesting vignettes about these areas during the most dramatic time period in our nations history. Learn about Mosby's raid at the Rose Hill House and his attempt to capture the bogus Governor of Virginia, Francis Pierpont, and Stringfellow's fight at Widow Violet's house in Lorton and the fascinating story of Harrison the Spy who married Laura Broders and then mysteriously disappeared. Visit the sites and see the places where history was made in a small area within Fairfax County, Virginia. I consolidated all this information because I know that there are other Virginians and Civil War enthusiasts who will want to know about the rich Civil War history of this area. Who were these Virginians and where did they live? Where did they fight, and most importantly where did they die? I hope people will buy my manuscript who want to know the true and exciting tales of this truly historic area and want to visit and see the locations where history has been hidden but not forgotten.

Item Name:  This Forgotten Land:  A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia

Price:  $43.00 (includes shipping)



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By Brig. Gen. Lewis Marshall Helm

Purchase Price $45 (includes shipping charges). Proceeds will be donated to the Fauquier Historical Society.

Limited Edition, copies signed by the author.

The Black Horse Troop, organized by Warrenton gentry before the War Between the States, was one of the Confederate Army's most fierce and respected units.  It guarded John Brown at Harpers Ferry, then became famous at the First Manassas for its role in routing the Union army and capturing members of Congress, as they watched the battle.  They became Company H, 4th Virginia Cavalry, and were assigned as bodyguards and scouts for Stonewall Jackson.  The Black Horse saved his life at Boonsboro, Md. and were at his side in Spotsylvania, when death called him away.  As they fought in every major battle of the Army of Northern Virginia, their casualty rate rose to 50 per cent.  Then they fought out of the Union encirclement at Appomattox, refused to surrender, and tried to join Gen. Johnston in North Carolina. 

*Jackie Lee of the Fauquier Historical Society calls the book "must reading for every Virginia".

*Anne Payne Warner says her great grandfather, Brig. Gen. William Payne, who founded the unit, "would read with pride this account of the Black Horse, which he loved so much".

*John Toler, Executive Editor of the Fauquier Times Democrat, called the book "comprehensive and readable", and readers will be "fascinated by the anecdotes and letters found in each chapter".

We have only 1,000 copies and they will be snapped up quickly.  Order one right away!  Don Hakenson

Item Name: Black Horse Cavalry Defend Our Beloved Country by Lewis Marshall Helm

Price: $45.00 (includes shipping)



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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

Item Name:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume I

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

Item:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume II

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

Mosby Vignettes, Volume III

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

Item Name:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume IV

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Jim Moyer and Tom Evans

Item Name:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume V

Price$25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

Item Name:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume VI

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)


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by Don Hakenson  and  Gregg Dudding

 Jim Moyer and Tom Evans wrote five books during the 1990’s titled, “Mosby Vignettes, Volumes I through V. The Vignettes were published with the intent to document short stories on Mosby’s men and other interesting stories and articles about the War of Northern Aggression.   However Jim Moyer suddenly passed away in November 1999. Tom Evans wishing to keep intact the legacy of the Mosby Vignettes asked Gregg Dudding and Don Hakenson to publish a Mosby Vignette, Volume VI.  Volume VI was finally published in February 2002.  The book contains a story written by Colonel John S. Mosby on “Why I fought for Virginia,” that was published in 1911, and a story written by Virgil Carrington “Pat” Jones about the fight at Arundel’s Tavern on April 10, 1865.  The book also contains stories on the Mosby fights at Fairfax Station and Mrs. Howards House (or Gooding’s Tavern). There are vignettes on Jackson’s Raincoat and its connection with a Mosby Ranger; Frank Stringfellow the scout and his fight at Widow Violett’s House;and the military career and death of Napoleon the spy.  The authors both hope that the information contained in the Vignette will be of interest to all researchers of the good Colonel. 

Item Name:  Mosby Vignettes, Volume VII

Price:  $25.00 (includes shipping)



This Forgotten Land:

A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia

(Original Edition)

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A Vietnam War Chronology : According to Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Records

by Randall M. Romine
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
ISBN: 1-58898-959-3
Binding: Trade Paper

708 pages Print $22.99 or Ebook (non-printable) $7.99 Forward by Don Hakenson.  

The "A Vietnam War Chronology" is a compilation of US Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) unit records.  MACV was responsible for advising the US ambassador to South Vietnam, controlling all US military operations, commanding all US Army elements, assisting and advising the South Vietnam armed forces, coordinating US intelligence operations and providing oversight to the many allied units  and agencies in the Republic of Vietnam.

Click here to order A Vietnam War Chronology




“Danger Between the Lines”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - June 15, 2007    Contact: Steve Hull  (703) 438-8280

Civil War History of Hunter Mill uncovered in “Danger Between the Lines”

 A local group of Civil War historians, writers, and researchers has completed a video portraying the Civil War conflict and the resulting anguish experienced by soldiers, neighbors, and raiders along the seven mile stretch of Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, Vienna, and Reston, Virginia.  The Hunter Mill Defense League production was made with a desire to educate citizens of all ages and to help preserve this historic Virginia Byway.

 The one hour and eighteen minute movie provides a rarely seen perspective of the war by using period photographs, sketches, journals and letters to bring both the military and civilian experience to life.  Authentic period music underscores the movie courtesy of one of the nation’s premier Civil War Reenactment bands, the 2nd South Carolina String Band.  The video features the well-known local historian Tom Evans and is narrated by nationally renowned speaker Dave Yoho.    

 “Control of the Hunter Mill Corridor alternated ten times between Confederate and Union forces during the War,” said producer Steve Hull.  “The civilians living along the road were a mixture of Union and Confederate-leaning farmers, many with deadly-strong convictions.  The flow of armies in and out of the area heightened their tensions.  This is the drama portrayed in the movie.”

The video was shown for the first time to the two-hundred-member Bull Run Civil War Round Table on June 14th at the Centreville Regional Library.  After the showing, amidstcheers, comments like “Good as Ken Burns” and “That was truly top-notch” were heard.

The video in DVD form is now offered for sale for $16 to the public at www.HMDL.org. All proceeds from the sale of the video will be used to support local preservation efforts, historical research and placement of historical markers.