Turner Ashby, born in Fauquier County in 1828, was a Confederate cavalry general during the Civil War. He achieved prominence as Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's cavalry commander in the Shenandoah Valley. Born at Rose Bank Plantation in Fauquier, as a child Ashby often played in the waters of nearby Goose Creek.
He was also known throughout the Shenandoah Valley for his strict adherence to a Code of Chivalry. An accomplished horseman at an early age, Ashby in his 20s organized a cavalry company of his friends known as the Mountain Rangers. The Mountain Rangers were absorbed into the Virginia Militia in 1859 following John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry; they performed guard duty at Charles Town during Brown's trial and execution.
Ashby cut a striking figure, called by many the "Black Knight of the Confederacy". He generally rode horses that were pure white or pure black. A civilian in the Valley named Thomas A. Ashby (no relation) wrote about an encounter with him:
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