Photo: Rappahannock Old Guard: the Black Flag Company

Rappahannock’s Civil War Trails

The 6th Virginia CWT marker.
John R. Tole
The 6th Virginia CWT marker.

Location: Visitor Center kiosk, off U.S. 211 just east of Washington

More than 1,000 of the approximately 6,000 white male residents of Rappahannock County in 1860 served in the Confederate army in a number of different units. Company B of the 6th Virginia Cavalry was recruited exclusively from county citizens. In the single most “Rappahannock” of Civil War episodes, Company B had a major role in the closing scene of the Battle of Front Royal during Stonewall Jackson’s famous Shenandoah Valley campaign. The Old Guard, as Company B was known, carried their unique company flag in a memorable charge against Union cavalry that led to the capture of more than 900 northerners. Their story is commemorated in this new Civil War Trails marker.

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