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. . . HOUSES OF WORSHIP . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
Mount Zion Old School Baptist CHurch
Aldie, Virginia

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During the Civil War, this simple red brick church served as a battleground, hospital, prison, barracks and grave site. Confederate Major John Singleton Mosby frequently rendezvoused at the church with his rangers following raids throughout the region. Due to its strategic location, Union troops also regularly used the church as a stopover.

On July 4, 1864, a detachment of 150 Union cavalrymen under the command of Major William H. Forbes embarked on a three-day mission in search of Mosby and his men. Mosby hastened to head off this patrol while returning with an equal number of men from a raid at Point of Rocks, Maryland. The two forces collided at Mount Zion Church on the morning of July 6.

In his official report, Mosby noted that his rangers "completely routed" the opposition, killing or severely wounding about 80 men and taking 57 prisoners. "My loss was 1 killed and 6 wounded -- none dangerously," he wrote. A row of uninscribed fieldstone markers in the Mount Zion Church cemetery identifies the final resting place for 11 of the Union dead. Names found on other tombstones include several of the original church members.

After the war, regular services resumed at the church, continuing until 1980. Today, the Mount Zion Church Preservation Association solicits funds to stabilize, preserve, and promote this historic site.

Text © 1998 Terry White, Drawing © 1998 Bill Harrah

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