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Annual Ceremony Commemorates Rangers Executed in 1864.
(Royal Examiner) – On a calm September evening, as the setting sun casts long shadows across Front Royal’s Prospect Hill Cemetery, a gathering is set to honor a moment of history from 1864. This is not just any moment but a poignant remembrance of the seven rangers executed during the American Civil War.
The Col. John S. Mosby Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be at the helm of the annual “Monument to Mosby’s Men Ceremony” on Saturday, September 23, at 6 p.m. This event seeks to shed light on an age-old tale of valor, sacrifice, and the tragic fates of these rangers at the hands of Union cavalry in Front Royal. It is a tale that has been passed down through generations, immortalized in the very soil of the cemetery, and retold year after year to ensure that their legacy lives on.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Warren Heritage Society Office Manager Melanie Gregory. Ms. Gregory’s roots are in Cross Keys, VA. She is a proud direct descendant of soldiers from the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the US War of 1812, and the American Civil War. Ms. Gregory stands as a testament to the importance of preserving and sharing our historical…