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Conversations in History: Highway to War, Loudoun County and the Summer Campaigns of 1862

  • Rust Library 380 Old Waterford Road Northwest Leesburg, VA, 20176 United States (map)

In the summer of 1862, Confederate forces moved through Loudoun County on their way to the first Confederate invasion of Northern soil during the Civil War. Thousands of soldiers entered Loudoun, an event that many who witnessed it never forgot. The September 1862 river crossings outside of Leesburg led to America's bloodiest single day at the September 17 Battle of Antietam. Six weeks later, marching armies and battles came back to Loudoun once again when the United States Army trudged back into Virginia.

Join authors Rob Orrison and Kevin Pawlak for a look at the effects these campaigns had on Loudoun County and its citizens in 1862. Together, they will highlight the extant historic sites and landmarks that were relevant to the summer campaigns in 1862.