Marching Through Loudoun: June 20, 1863

At 4 a.m. on this day (June 20) in 1863, General Henry Slocum forwarded a report to the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac. The content in the message was, for the most part, just a repeat of the previous day’s correspondence – need a bridge at Edwards Ferry, redoubts cover that crossing point,Continue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 20, 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”

150 Years ago: Right out my front door!

Well, 150 years ago today (September 4, 1862), a good portion of the Army of Northern Virginia marched into Leesburg just a couple blocks away from my front porch. There were no trees or houses in the way back then, so I could have watched the procession (although I my front porch was not aroundContinue reading “150 Years ago: Right out my front door!”