Join Author and Historian Carl Sell as he returns to B Chord to tell the story of this vicious Civil War engagement right in the town now named Bluemont. A Union patrol that had lost its way was surprised by a group of Confederates who lived in the area and had come back home for supplies and horses. Included were members of the Sixth Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Forty-Third Battalion and friends and neighbors of men in both groups.
Sell will set the stage for this engagement involving the Confederates and Company D of the First Veteran New York Cavalry. There were 14 Confederates and 22 Union troopers at the scene. When the alert was sounded, the Union forces got off a volley, but only four of their carbines fired. It resulted in four killed outright, another died of his wounds, 12 were captured and two were wounded. Only three escaped.
Residents of the town helped nurse those who were wounded. The dead were put in the church until a Union relief column arrived the next day. The Confederates rode off, taking any casualties with them.
The raid was one of a series of attacks by partisan Confederates, including Mosby himself, along the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River during January. Union forces occupied the area east of Snickers Gap and sent regular patrols west of the mountains.
At the end of Sell’s talk, Antique Arms Collector Gary Heath will demonstrate the loading and firing of a Civil War muzzle loaded black powder rifle. Heath, from the nearby Short Hills, has an extensive collection of Civil War and other antique arms. Both Sell and Heath will be available for questions after the program.
Carl Sell is the author of the booklet “Snickers Gap and Nearby Sites in the Civil War.” He also has authored books about his great grandfather and great uncle, both of whom passed through Snickers Gap on the way to Gettysburg in June of 1863. Sell also has written about Major General Jeb Stuart, a frequent visitor to Snickers Gap. All his books will be available for purchase after the program.
B Chord Brewing will have their delicious locally crafted beers for sale along with food.
On display will be Civil War artifacts discovered during recent excavations at B Chord Brewing, a 66-acre farm brewery located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain in Round Hill, Virginia