Another Marker for Northern Virginia Unionists

Over on our Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable website, we’ve posted notice for Waterford Civil War Day, taking place in Waterford, Virginia on May 21.  Scheduled events include dedication of a marker for the Loudoun Rangers, discussing their role in Loudoun’s internal Civil War.

This is the second marker for the Loudoun Rangers in recent years, with the other placed at nearby Lovettsville.  An older marker in the Civil War Trails system stands outside Leesburg noting the fight at Mile Hill, September 1, 1862, involving the Rangers.   I’m told the new marker will focus on the 1862 battle of Waterford.

Waterford miller Samuel C. Means recruited the Loudoun Rangers from the largely Quaker and German population in northern Loudoun County.  As Ron has detailed in a post from last week, Northern Virginia, and in particular Loudoun County, did not unanimously move towards secession.   Means’ command represents an interesting counterpoint to the popular image of Virginians and their embrace of the Confederacy.

The addition of this historical marker is another example of how many are  taking advantage of the sesquicentennial observance to help improve and sharpen our understanding of the war.


7 thoughts on “Another Marker for Northern Virginia Unionists

  1. Craig–

    Thanks for the mention. It is certainly good to see all sides of the story being commemorated, and the Loudoun Rangers are one piece of a not-so-neat and clean narrative of what was happening in the Northern Virgina area during the war. By the way, I’d be interested if you are aware of any good books or articles covering the Loudoun Rangers’ exploits. I’ve seen brief mentions in a few books, but would be interested in more detailed accounts.

    • Hi Ron,

      The only book solely dedicated to a study of the Loudoun Rangers was Briscoe Goodhart’s History of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers. Goodhart was a member of Co. A. I think I last quoted from him in December, in this post. It’s a tough book to find on the secondary market, and I think I got mine for about $60. I do know that someone is putting in some serious research into this unit, and I think he’s planning on having a major work published at some point in the next few years. We share an interest in the shared histories of the Rangers and Cole’s Cavalry, which often served together.

  2. Thanks, Robert. Good to know. I may have to search for the Goodhart book, but in any event, I will keep an eye out for the new book. This is interesting material, and certainly a counterpoint to the Mosby’s Confederacy story.

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