October 30, 1862 – in Mountsville, Virginia – On October 30, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led his Confederate force towards Mountsville. When he got there, he discovered a Union force in the area. The Confederates caught 3 companies of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry by surprise. By circling the Federals on a back road with the 9th Virginia, they took the Union camp, 50 prisoners and drove away the majority of the Union force.