October 30 This day during the American Civil War

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.


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