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.