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Mosby's Grave

Finishing up my last appointment of the day, I found myself only a couple of blocks from the very old Warrenton VA Cemetery. Knowing that Colonel John S. Mosby is buried there, I paid a visit. It was a gray day. So visiting the grave of "The Gray Ghost" seemed appropriate!

Having no idea where to go, I headed for the largest marker in the park. It was, as I suspected, a monument dedicated to the Confederate States of America (CSA) war dead, and ground zero for many of their graves. As I drove toward the 25' tall monument, I noticed a grave stone with many Confederate flags in front. It was the only one so festooned. Thinking that must be Colonel Mosby's, I approached it and was right.

This is a grave that appears to be visited a lot. There were footprints in the snow leading to and from the grave.

And a couple of pennies on the top!

Unknown when that tradition began, it is said that there is a monument in the cemetery to honor CSA soldiers and when enough money is collected from the top of Mosby's grave stone another name is engraved onto it.

This is what the stone commonly looks like on a day with more visitors, covered with coins. It is an interesting tradition. And, like many things surrounding the Gray Ghost, totally particular to him.

So I left a penny!

What you cannot see in the photograph of the grave stone above is the small marker at its base.

Soldiers who fought in the war have an additional marker. A little tilted, and perhaps straightened by the grounds keepers every spring, is Mosby's CSA marker.

These markers can be seen peppered about the cemetery. I counted four generations of the Mosby family buried nearby.

His was the only grave stone in his family group with this marker.

Looking around, the oldest grave stone I could see was somebody buried in 1821. I am sure there are older stones in the cemetery. One laid prone at the base of a very large tree. The writing was very weathered and illegible. But it was quite old!

It was an interesting visit to a very interesting cemetery probably typical of the south. This is the first Civil War cemetery in which I have seen the small CSA marker. I have visited many Civil War battlefield cemeteries, but have never seen this marker before.

There are other markers however, apparently developed and placed by the groups so interested. They include SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans), UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), SSAWV (Sons of Spanish American War Veterans), USWV (United Spanish War Veterans) and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars).  These are probably placed at the grave stone by the families of the person buried.

 

 

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Comment balloon 29 commentsJay Markanich • February 02 2011 05:21AM

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What an interesting visit this must have been. I love historical places and you hit the jackpot. Like hearing the local traditions too Jay. Nice post (and pics).

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Randy.  I have had a couple of previous posts about Mosby, who is quite the interesting fellow.  I am glad you enjoyed this one.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Interesting post Jay. I cannot speak for other areas of the country, but I find that the South seems to hold a lot of respect and honors those who fought and died during the Civil War...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

That is true in Virginia, Michael, and I expect elsewhere in the South!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay, Thanks for the little bit of history and the visit!  Older cemeteries have so much character to them.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) almost 10 years ago

Good morning Jay haven't been North much but I can say I have visited several cemetaries in the South and Michael and you are right. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bliz - I have wanted to post this for a while, but each time I have been to Warrenton I haven't had time to stop by and take the photos!

James - it is an interesting bit of history that some want to "cover up!"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

You live in such a great place - so much history and so many great places to visit.  Can't wait for next week's trip.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by Debbie, all that sand in your toes and all.

What trip am I taking next week?  Lemmino now so I can prepare!  It isn't Cancun, is it?

Convention...  ha!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

My old stomping grounds -- hometown for so many members of my family on my Dad's side.  I graduated from the local high school.  My Uncle was the Jailier and his family, along with my Grandfather, actually lived in the old jail which is now a museum.  My Grandfather was a Bondsman in Warrenton and he also moonlighted as the cook.  I spent several weeks visiting them over the summer one year.  Interestingly, the docents will "argue" that it was never a home. . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago

Very interesting visit.  When I was in Hawaii, I visited "the Punch Bowl", very sad to see so many 19 and 20 year old burried there.  May they all rest in peace.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) almost 10 years ago

Jay - I've always enjoyed history--from ancient to U.S.--and live near Kennesaw mountain, one of the major battle sites for the Battle of Atlanta.  I've also spend time in Savannah and toured the cemeteries in the area.  Helps us keep things in perspective.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 10 years ago

Pretty cool Jay, nice post!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 10 years ago

Jay - that is SO COOL! I remember the tv shows about him when I was growing up! Thank you for sharing! I would love to visit that site one of these days when I am in the DC area!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago

Interesting topic today.

Sometimes it's just nice to stop and imagine life back then, good and bad

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356 (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Interesting points.  There are so many amazing historical sites in our home state of Virginia!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) almost 10 years ago

Virgina is a wonderful place to live, so much history. The spare moments in a day can easily be filled with opportunities like the one you shared with us. Thank you.

Posted by Karen Paris, Because Your Move Matters and Karen Cares (Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax) almost 10 years ago

And you worked in Fairfax Tish, at the site of one of my other history posts Did you ever visit the cemetery and see this grave site?

Ken - there are things to see every where we are!

John - then no doubt you have seen some of those CSA markers?

Glad you enjoyed it Fred!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Barbara-Jo - my couple of history posts on Mosby have been fun to research and participate in.  This is not a large cemetery either!

Don - it's all a part of the history and why, in part, we are where we are now.

Kathryn - you could do something different here every day of the year.

It is Karen.  It is very enjoyable to live here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Cemetaries are such a slice of history....and brings images of yesteryear to mindand how amazed they would be to see life as we live it now.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 10 years ago

Cemetaries are such a slice of history....and brings images of yesteryear to mindand how amazed they would be to see life as we live it now.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 10 years ago

And, S&D, as much as we think we know of their eras, should we go back somehow to then we would be just as amazed.  It will be the same in 150 years!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

There is so much history in old cemeteries. Connecticut also has many old cemeteries. I confess I have not ventured into any out of curiosity. Perhaps now I might.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 10 years ago

You probably have some real, real old gravestones there Jim.  Often the writing is hard to make out.  I confess to not venture into cemeteries out of curiosity either!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jay, I had read this one earlier in the year, but didn't make the connection of Mosby and Mosby in your more recent article.  Now I understand!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) over 9 years ago

As the Ghost Whisperer, and naming my ghost Mosby, it all interconnects Jeremy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Yes, it does!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) over 9 years ago

This is great! A History lesson from a crafty storyteller. I love reading your posts~ Jennifer :)

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 9 years ago

Sometimes, Jeremy, the connections aren't so visible!

Jennifer - thank you!  And those pictures are mine!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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