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Mosby Heritage Area Association Newsletter - February 2013

President's Letter

Well, it is February and we are all sick of this winter. The groundhog has made his annual prediction. He says we will have another six weeks of cold weather.

I have never liked groundhogs.

Nevertheless, we have been busy regardless of the weather and prognosticating pests.

On January 26, we held our “Conversations in History: The First Rendezvous” at Mount Zion Church where Rich Gillespie told us about the first gathering together of Mosby’s men at that exact site in January of 1863. The church was nearly filled and everyone there not only enjoyed but “felt” the history of that important commemoration.

On February 10 we had a second packed house at the National Sporting Library where a panel of renowned huntsmen discussed the topic “The History and Future of the Sport in the Piedmont.” The lovers of the equine field sports and the preservationists and conservationists of open space and historic sites are country cousins. Together we cherish the sense of place that we enjoy here and together we strive to protect what must be protected in an area that is threatened by development and population growth. The National Sporting Library is a superb community asset and we are honored that they support our programming.

Looking ahead, 2013 is a very big year for us. 150 years ago, Mosby came to this Piedmont Valley to form his command that would become known as the 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry.

That is not all!

150 years ago, the cavalry forces of JEB Stuart and Alfred Pleasonton clashed at Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville just before the Battle of Gettysburg.

We intend to commemorate these important historic events. In June we have the 150th anniversary of the formation of Mosby’s Rangers, which we will commemorate with a Mosby and Stuart talk by Robert O’Neill, a Ranger Descendent Reunion and a Safe Houses Tour to actually tour a few of the homes wherein Mosby’s men took shelter during the war.  The following weekend, June 14-16, we have the sesquicentennial of the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville and a full commemorative weekend of cavalry reenactment, skirmishes, programs, and exhibits in each village.

In anticipation of the sesquicentennial of the cavalry battles, MHAA was awarded a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program to begin a community-based preservation plan for these battlefields. Please follow our progress with this preservation plan, as we will be hosting public input sessions over the coming months.

We have so much to offer people of all ages and interests this year from a Mother’s Day 1934 tea party at Welbourne to a guided trail ride near Bluemont to our award-winning 16th annual Civil War Conference in October – “Prelude to Gettysburg: The Armies Move North!” When you are looking for things to do with your family and friends please think of us at The Mosby Heritage Area Association. Our web page will have all the information and details so please visit it often to keep informed. We are honored by your support and we pledge to you that we will continue to increase the awareness of and the appreciation for our rich history and historic sites.

In the meantime, know that all of us here love what we do and all of us here appreciate your wonderful support!

Respectfully submitted,
Childs Burden

Welcome New Members

On behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, and supporters of MHAA, we warmly welcome our new members:

Staci Fromwiller
Wilmah Getchell
George Heiser
Robert D. Lunsford
Thomas Mack
Jane Covington Motion
Butch Smiley
Floyd A. Thompson, III
Peter and Haley Walsh
Business Members:
Horse Country, Ltd.
Journeymen Saddlers
Legends Catering at Fauquier Springs Country Club
Middleburg Common Grounds
Middleburg Tack Exchange

Upcoming events in March:

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:30 PM
Cavaliers, Courage, and Coffee Program
The Aldie Races
Aldie Mill
39401 John Mosby Hwy.
Aldie, Virginia 20105

$8 adults/$4 students

Aldie Mill
Aldie Mill

On the morning of March 2, 1863, five dozen troopers of the 1st Vermont Cavalry entered Mosby’s Confederacy at Aldie Gap and stopped to water their horses and make coffee at Aldie Mill. They were making use of the adjacent Little River when minutes later, John Singleton Mosby and sixteen Rangers galloped at top speed into the village of Aldie. The Vermonters soon were diving into the flour bins of Aldie’s massive mill. Of the 59 Green Mountain men present, almost half did not return to base.  Mosby’s reputation was, at five weeks into operations, already so fearsome that the federals broke and ran at the sight of him.

In commemoration of this story, and other stories from the opening months of Mosby’s operations 150 years ago, the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group will give a first-person interpretation.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
Hell is Being a Republican in the State of Virginia
Talk by David Goetz, author
John Barton Payne Building
2 Courthouse Sq.
Old Town Warrenton, Virginia 20186

$25 members/$30 nonmembers

Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia
Aldie Mill

For the true Gray Ghost fan!

Mr. Goetz will be discussing his new book, Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia, which focuses on the post-Civil War friendship between Col. John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant, former enemies.

In 1914 or 1915 Colonel John Singleton Mosby was visited by a minister who asked him if he believed in hell. Mosby’s response was “Yes. Hell is being a Republican in Virginia.” This famous quote reflects the hardships Mosby faced while residing in post-Civil War Warrenton, Virginia and befriending his former enemy, U.S. Grant to the horror of his neighbors, friends, and former supporters. Both men sought to reconcile the North and the South peacefully, which strengthened their friendship.

Mr. Goetz’s book was recently reviewed by Civil War historian Clark “Bud” Hall, who noted: “David Goetz has written a wonderful scholarly work, and I applaud him for answering many questions that I have had for many years about the Grant/Mosby relationship.”

Books will be available for purchase at the talk. Food will be provided by Legends Catering at Fauquier Springs Country Club.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Legends Catering at Fauquier Springs Country Club
Steven Campbell
Robert and Blair Lawrence

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Sunday, March 24, 2013, 3:00PM
Conversations in History
1863: Hoofbeats in the Heritage Area
Mt Zion Church
40309 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie, Virginia 20105

$5 adults/$2 students

The Mosby Heritage Area Association together with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will host the third installment in a series of Sesquicentennial glimpses of the local experience during the Civil War featuring Mosby Heritage Area Director of Education Richard Gillespie.  This Conversations lecture will use area historic sites and landscapes to weave a tapestry of civilian and soldier experience during this turning point year of the South’s ill-fated bid for independence.  Richly illustrated with photo and anecdote, this glimpse of 1863 shows a Loudoun quite different after two years of War.   The Conversations lecture series is held at the 162-year-old Mount Zion Church.

Since our last Newsletter

Conversations in History Series Kicked Off!

On Saturday, January 26th, our Conversations in History series kicked off with “The First Rendezvous: Mosby at Mt. Zion” to a packed crowd at Mt. Zion Church. Thanks to all who shivered through the authentic January rendezvous.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association, partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, offered this program on the 150th anniversary of the first rendezvous of Mosby’s Rangers, with Mosby historian Erik Buckland.

Foxhunting Panel Discussion:

On Sunday, February 10th, MHAA hosted “The History and Future of the Sport in the Piedmont” panel discussion at The National Sporting Library & Museum to a standing-room only crowd.

Tommy Lee Jones, Melvin Poe, Albert Poe, Robert Ashcom, and National Sporting Library Executive Director, Melanie Matthewes.
Tommy Lee Jones, Melvin Poe, Albert Poe, Robert Ashcom, and National Sporting Library Executive Director, Melanie Matthewes.

Melvin Poe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Banner
Melvin Poe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Banner

George Grayson and Diane Jones
George Grayson and Diane Jones

Nadia Stanfield; Betsy Manierre; Melvin Poe
Nadia Stanfield; Betsy Manierre; Melvin Poe

We would also like to recognize our sponsors:

Mrs. Peggy Arundel
Horse Country Ltd.
Journeymen Saddlers
Marc and Janna Leepson
Douglas Lees
Mrs. Jacqueline Mars
Middleburg Tack Exchange
Billie Van Pay, Realtor
Photos by Douglas Lees.


April 13, 2:00PM - Tour of Historic Waveland, Marshall, VA
April 27, 12:00PM-5:00PM – Scout Along the Turnpike, Rt. 50/John Mosby Hwy.
May 5, 10:00AM – Mosby Ride, near Bluemont, VA (guided horse ride)
May 12, 2:00PM and 3:15PM seatings – Zelda’s Tea Party at Welbourne, Middleburg, VA (catered by Market Salamander)

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