Roads through Loudoun to Gettysburg: 150th events and Edwards Ferry

For me, June will be a busy month. As mentioned earlier, on June 8, we have the Brandy Station Tour. Later in the month, we have several sesquicentennial events related to the cavalry fighting in Loudoun Valley (June 14-16). And through the last full week of June, we will turn to the passage of the Army of the Potomac through Loudoun and across at Edwards Ferry.

I’ve held off posting any details here, waiting for things to come together. But since we are just over a month out, let me offer up the slate of events from June 22 through 29:

June 22 – “Marching through Loudoun”

Car caravan tour of the routes used by the First and Eleventh Corps troops marching towards Edwards Ferry. The intent of this tour is to relate the places and names we are familiar with today to what happened 150 years ago. This tour aims to provide something those who wish to expand beyond just Gettysburg as three days in July – specifically, how the armies got there. But at the same time we won’t bog down in too many of the twists and turns. This tour is geared for those wanting to know about the places they might pass on their daily commutes to work.

The tour starts at Claude Moore Park at 9 am, at the park headquarters along Vestal’s Gap Road (the north entrance to the park). The tour will include at least three other stops and conclude by noon. The tour is free of charge. Please RSVP here in the comments section of this blog.

June 22-23 – The Long March North to Gettysburg: Major-General Winfield S. Hancock’s 2nd Army Corps at Mount Zion Church.

Living history program and encampment recreating Hancock’s field headquarters as it would have appeared on the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago, when the Second Corps passed through the Aldie area and encamped nearby in June of 1863. Presented by the Historical Interpretive Branch of the Winfield Scott Hancock Society. 9:00-5:00 Saturday; 9:00-3:00 Sunday. $5 adults; $2 students under 10; Children under five admitted free. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. 703-327-9777.

June 26 – Dedication of the Edwards Ferry Civil War Trails marker.

The formal dedication of the Civil War Trails marker placed back in March. Location is the Kephart Mill Landing (where the marker is located, 43942 Riverpoint Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176). The ceremony starts at 7 PM. We’ll hear remarks from the marker sponsor, Civil War Times, and local historians. Weather permitting, for those brave sesquicentennial types, we’ll walk the creek down to the crossing point. We will time that tour with to 150 years – to the hour – when General Winfield Scot Hancock’s Second Corps crossed at Edwards Ferry. This event is free of charge. Bring flashlight and bug-spray if you plan to participate in the walk.

June 29 – Edwards Ferry Crossing Site tour.

Starting from the Kephart Mill Landing, at 9 AM. This three hour tour will show visitors some of the existing structures around the mill site, the Goose Creek Canal, and the bridge sites at the mouth of Goose Creek. This tour is also free of charge, but bring bug-spray and suntan-lotion. Please RSVP in the comments section on this blog entry.

I’ll pass along more details about these events as they are locked in closer to the dates.

In addition to these outdoor events, I will also be speaking to the 35th Annual Campaigning with Lee Seminar. The seminar runs from June 23-28. Registration details on the seminar website. My talk is at 2:30 PM on June 26 and will focus – just as the theme of these events listed above – on the passage of the Army of the Potomac through Loudoun.

That’s my busy June. From Brandy Station to Loudoun Valley to Edwards Ferry. Hope to see you at some of these events!

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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