The Civil War in Loudoun County, Virginia: A History of Hard Times

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The History Press, 2008 - History - 128 pages
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In this look at Loudoun County’s role in the Civil War, historian Stevan Meserve narrates not only the large-scale fighting at Ball’s Bluff in 1861 and in the Loudoun Valley cavalry battles of 1863, but also the lives of the citizens who sacrificed their crops and livestock, cared for the wounded and buried the dead of storied regiments such as White’s Comanches, Cole’s Potomac Home Brigade, Mosby’s Rangers and the Independent Loudoun Rangers. Drawing upon military accounts and other historical documents, The Civil War in Loudoun County celebrates their eventual triumph and the vibrant communities that exist today.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
The English Come to Loudoun
11
Slavery and Abolition in Loudoun County
13
Politics and Secession
17
Loudoun Prepares for War
21
The Dogs of War Let Loose
25
A Very Nice Little Military Chance
31
The Winter of 186263
65
Prelude to Gettysburg
75
Mosbys Confederacy
83
The Terror of the Union People
91
There Is a God in Israel
95
The Long Road to Recovery
101
Notes
115
Bibliography
121

Gateway to War
43
Two Men on Opposite Sides
51
The Maryland Campaign of 1862
55

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About the author (2008)

Stevan F. Meserve has written extensively for North and South, Civil War Magazine, and Civil War News. He is the author of The Civil War in Loudoun County, Virginia: A History of Hard Times.

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