On this date in 1864, Confederate raiders led by the Grey Ghost, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, stopped a westbound train carrying Union supplies on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia in the Eastern Panhandle.
Mosby consistently led small bands of partisan raiders against much larger Union forces. His loyal band of Confederate cavalry were formed up at a moment’s notice when Mosby got wind of a possible attack designed to disrupt any nearby Union force.
On this particular day, Mosby and his men snagged an unexpected bonus as the train carried a Union strongbox that held $172,000 in paper currency known as greenbacks. Reports of the affair indicate that the money was divided up between Mosby’s raiders.
General Robert E. Lee had so much respect for Mosby and his successful harassment of the enemy that he once said “Hurrah for Mosby! I wish I had a hundred like him.”
Today, near Black Dog Coffee along Rt. 9 near Shenandoah Junction just north of Charles Town, there's a West Virginia Civil War Trails marker designating the site of the raid along what today is the main line for the CSX Railroad.
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