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DEATH OF 2D . LT . JAMES " BIG YANKEE " AMES Sargeant James F . Ames O ...

DEATH OF 2D . LT . JAMES " BIG YANKEE " AMES Sargeant James F . Ames O ...

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Description: DEATH OF 2D . LT . JAMES " BIG YANKEE " AMES Sargeant James F . Ames of the 5th New York Cavalry deserted the Union army in Feb . 1863 and joined Lt . Col . John S . Mosbys Partisan Rangers ( later 43d Cavalry Battalion ) . Nick named " Big Yankee , " Ames rose to the rank of 2d lieutenant . On the night of 8 Mar . 1863 he guided Mosbys Rangers on the Fairfax Court House raid which Mosby captured Union Brig . Gen . Edwin Stoughton . On 9 Oct . 1864 a Federal soldier shot and killed Ames on the road leading to Benjamin " Cook " Shackletts house . The Union soldier was killed by Ranger Pvt . Ludwell Lake , Jr . Ames was buried nearby in an unmarked grave . Mosby said of Ames , " I never had a more faithful follower . " Department of Historic Resources , 2001

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