Marching Through Loudoun: June 24, 1863

Today (June 24) in 1863, from his headquarters at Fairfax Courthouse, Major-General Joseph Hooker forwarded an assessment of the situation to Major-General Henry Halleck in Washington. He dismissed any Confederate advances into Pennsylvania as only for “plunder,” and something best confronted by the militia.  In Hooker’s estimate, no other troops, save those of Lieutenant-General RichardContinue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 24, 1863”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 23, 1863

June 23, 1863 was another day with no major troop movements in Loudoun County.  At this time five infantry corps and the cavalry corps camped across Loudoun. The remainder of the Army of the Potomac sat just across the county line in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.  For all the potential energy, the army lackedContinue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 23, 1863”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 18, 1863

Through the month of June 1863, the Army of the Potomac made two large operational pivots. The first pivot took place after the Battle of Brandy Station with the army moving off the Rappahannock River, where it faced generally south, into a position facing west. As my friend Clark Hall mentioned in the comments yesterday,Continue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 18, 1863”