Mosby's Confederacy Tours
The Mosby Civil War Tours
Choose which Mosby Civil War tour most interests you. If you have sites of particular interest, Mr. Goetz will do his best to accommodate you.
Persons hiring Mr. Goetz are asked to provide the vehicle and driver for the Mosby Civil War tours, normally their own vehicle. The meeting site may vary with the tour, but normally tours begin either at the Visitor Center in Warrenton or Mount Zion Church on US 50 east of Aldie.
Lunch at a sit-down restaurant is included in the fee, and Mr. Goetz provides chilled water for the group for the day, as well as ensuring that each person is given a packet prior to the start of the tour, which includes: a map of the day’s tour, image of John Mosby in the uniform of a full colonel in the Confederate Army, map of Mosby’s Confederacy, a couple of outstanding quotes and a bibliography for additional reading.
To book your tour, contact Dave Goetz at
540.351.6073 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- $350.00 for two persons, all day, lunch at a sit-down restaurant included.
- $25.00 per person beyond the first two persons, up to a total of eight persons. Includes lunch at a sit-down restaurant.
- $750.00 per day for groups of more than eight persons. Lunch not included for the group.
Tour #1 - The Life & Times of John Singleton Mosby
The tour includes numerous Mosby-related sites in Warrenton, Va. including:
- His family’s post-war home in Warrenton
- Train depot where someone shot at him in 1877
- The Beckham House, where Capt. Mosby brought the newly-captured Gen. Edwin Stoughton in March 1863
- The Mosby Monument in Court House Square
- The Barbershop where Mosby was nearly captured in May 1863
- Mosby family gravesite and Memorial Wall to Name the Fallen.
Afternoon sites include several in the Marshall and Rectortown areas, Atoka and Middleburg:
- The disbanding site of the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, in April 1865
- Site of Mosby’s debate with former Confederate general Eppa Hunton in August 1872, with Mosby debating for Ulysses Grant and Hunton debating for Horace Greely
- Woodward’s Store, an unofficial Mosby headquarters
- Site of the Death Lottery in November 1864
- Site of the Fight at Five Points
- The Caleb Rector House, where Captain Mosby swore in his first officers for the newly-created Co. A, 43rd Battalion, on June 10, 1863
- The Hathaway House, where Mosby climbed onto a tree limb to escape capture by New York cavalry in May 1863 — and the tree is still living!You will pass through Middleburg and see several Mosby-related sites enroute to Aldie Mill and, finally,
- Mount Zion Church, where Lt. Mosby met his “first 15” and, in July 1864, handily defeated 150 Federal cavalry in classic Mosby fashion. Throughout the tour, you will hear a birth-to-death narrative of John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy.
Tour #2 - From Mount Zion to Millwood: Bookends of Mosby's Partisan Career
Follow the trail of the “Gray Ghost” of the Confederacy on this day-long tour.
Bookends begins at Mt. Zion Church, along the historic Alexandria Pike that stretches from Alexandria, Virginia west to Winchester in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It was at Mt. Zion Church where Mosby met his “first 15” in January 1863 as they went on their first raid into Northern Virginia. Mt. Zion was also the site of a bloody fight with Federal cavalry in July 1864.
The tour proceeds west on today’s Route 50, also known as the John S. Mosby Highway, and visits Mosby-related sites in Aldie, Middleburg, Atoka and Upperville.
A mid-day lunch, included as part of the tour, is at The Coach Stop Restaurant in Middleburg.
The tour’s western “bookend” is at Millwood, in Clarke County just across the Shenandoah River, where Colonel Mosby discussed surrender with Federal authorities in April 1865.
Some of the other sites visited include:
- Aldie Mill — used by both sides and the site of several encounters between Mosby’s men and Federal troops
- Red Fox Inn, Middleburg — where Mosby met with Confederate General Jeb Stuart prior to Lee’s advance toward Gettysburg
- Rector’s Cross Roads at Atoka — The home of Caleb Rector, where Mosby swore in his first four officers for Company A, 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers.
- Oakham — where Lt. Mosby received permission from Gen. J.E.B. Stuart in late-December 1862 to probe the Federal cavalry screen in Northern Virginia
- Dover, where Capt. Mosby met 29 men on March 8, 1863, en-route to his famous raid at Fairfax Court House; and the home of Middleburg mayor and friend Lorman Chancellor, where Mosby enjoyed a meal before heading out to meet his men at Dover.
- Sharon Cemetery — final resting place of a half-dozen Mosby Rangers, two of whom rest in the Confederate Circle.
- Former James Hathaway House — where Captain Mosby climbed out onto a sturdy tree limb while 80 Federals from the First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry searched the house and grounds for two hours and left without capturing Mosby. The tree, now 250 years old, still stands next to the house.
- Green Gardens — home of Ranger Major Adolphus “Dolly” Richards and the beginning of a running fight with Federal cavalry in February 1865 that ended with the Mount Carmel Church Fight.
- Mt. Carmel Church Fight — Mosby wrote of this fight after the war, “I have always said it was the most brilliant thing our men ever did.”
- Parlor of the former Clarke Hotel in Millwood — where Colonel Mosby discussed surrender in mid-April 1865, before choosing instead to disband his command April 21st in Salem, today’s Marshall.
It is a tour like no other, and you visit places that Mosby himself would most likely recognize today. The tour encompasses historic Virginia towns and scenic mountain views in the heart of “Mosby’s Confederacy,” and attempts to offer the visitor a glimpse into our shared past of some 140 years ago. Throughout the tour, you will hear a birth-to-death narrative of John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy.
Tour #3 - Atrocities of 1864
This tour examines the causes of atrocities committed by both sides in the Loudoun and Shenandoah Valleys beginning in the late summer of 1864 through mid-November, what perpetuated them and what caused them to stop. Throughout the tour, you will hear a birth-to-death narrative of John Singleton Mosby, the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy.
- Confederate Veterans Memorial on the court house lawn, which contains the names of 31 Mosby Rangers from Warren County
- Attack on the Federal ambulance train by Rangers under the command of Captain Sam Chapman on September 23, 1864
- Shooting of Ranger Thomas E. Anderson near the Perry Criser House outside Front Royal
- Mortal wounding of 2nd U.S. Cavalry Lieutenant Charles McMaster, who had pursued the Rangers in advance of his men
- Execution site of Mosby Rangers David L. Jones and Lucian Love
- Prospect Hill Cemetery and the monument to Mosby’s Men, dedicated September 23, 1899; also see Confederate Circle at the top of the hill, where three of the executed Rangers — Henry C. Rhodes, Lucian Love and David Jones — are buried with other Confederates
- Dragging location of Henry Rhodes, past his mother’s home
- Rose Hill, home of the Richardson family, who witnessed the shooting of young Henry Rhodes
- Shooting location of Henry Rhodes
- Hanging site of Rangers William Thomas Overby and “Carter”
- Stop at the Warren Rifles Museum — Spring into Fall. Fee of $5.00 per person. Many artifacts on hand, including letters, photos and other Mosby relics, as well as those of many Confederate soldiers from the surrounding area. Next door is another museum, the Belle Boyd Museum — which also features similar open dates and fee as the Warren Rifles Museum. Belle Boyd was a Confederate spy who gave crucial intelligence to the likes of Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart.
- Time permitting, we will drive south to Flint Hill, where the seventh Mosby Ranger executed — Albert G. Willis — is buried. He and a comrade were captured by Federal cavalry under the command of Colonel William Powell at Ben Venue, a few miles below Flint Hill and given the chance to choose which Ranger would be hanged. Willis, a divinity student, volunteered to die in an effort to spare his friend, who was married and had children.
- Also, time permitting, we may drive to Rectortown to see where the Death Lottery was conducted: seven of 27 Federal prisoners chose lots to determine who would be executed in retaliation for the execution of seven of Mosby’s men.
- Or, time permitting, see Colonel Morgan’s Lane, known today as Hill ‘n Dale near Berryville, where Rangers under Lt. Colonel William Chapman murdered 27 troopers in George Custer’s 5th Michigan Cavalry as they were setting Morgan’s house afire in retaliation for the murder of one of Custer’s men.