Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Aldie
The Fight Begins
—Gettysburg Campaign —
On June 17-21, 1863, several cavalry battles erupted along the narrow roads, steep-banked streams, and stone-walled fields of the Loudoun Valley from Aldie west to the Blue Ridge. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's infantry was on a stealthy march west to the Shenandoah Valley. Lee ordered Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry corps to screen the infantry from Union forces. Stuart established his headquarters in Middleburg and dispatched Col. Thomas T. Munford's 2,000-man cavalry brigade east to Aldie. There, two macadamized turnpikes led west to Ashby's Gap and northwest to Snickers Gap, while the Carolina Road, a strategic north-south transportation route, was located just to the east.
Union Gen. Joseph Hooker meanwhile, instructed Gen. Alfred
Erected 2007 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 58.521′ N, 77° 38.465′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is in the parking lot for the Aldie Mill Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Aldie VA 20105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Lee Moves North Again (here, next to this marker); Aldie Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercer’s Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snickersville Turnpike (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mother of Stonewall Jackson (approx. one mile away); President Monroe’s Home (approx. one mile away); A Revolutionary War Hero (approx. 1.4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aldie.
More about this marker. The marker features portraits of Col. Thomas Munford and Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick. A map depicting the maneuvers discussed in the text is displayed in the lower center.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Battle of Aldie by Markers
Also see . . . Battle of Aldie. Battle summary from The National Park Service/CRGIS report, Civil War in Loudoun Valley.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,856 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.