Howardsville Turnpike and James River Road, Scottsville, VA 22902


After being admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1854, the future Colonel John S. Mosby set up his own law practice in Howardsville, a once thriving community on the James River and Kanawha Canal and at the end of the Howardsville and Rockfish Turnpike. The exact site of his office is unknown as much of the community was burned during the war. While in Howardsville, Mosby met and courted a girl by the name of Pauline Clarke (daughter of Beveryly J. Clarke), who was visiting from out of town. The couple moved to Bristol, Virginia in late 1857 to be closer to her hometown in Kentucky, and were married in a Nashville hotel on December 30, 1857.



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