Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fighting for Freedom
Mount Zion Community Cemetery
The four veterans buried here served in units that saw action in numerous battles in 1863-1865. Gaskins fought at Boydton Plank Road (Oct. 1864), other actions in the Richmond-Petersburg campaign, and at Fort Fisher in North Carolina (Dec. 1864-Jan. 1865). Waters's regiment served in the Siege of Petersburg. Taylor's regiment fought at Chaffin's Farm and New Market Heights (September 1864), around Petersburg, and at Fort Fisher. Langford's vessels in the Potomac Flotilla disrupted Confederate shipping. The men's headstones are reminders of the hundreds of African Americans from Loudoun County who served the Union cause. They fought to bring an end to more than two hundred years of slavery in the United States
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 7.096′ N, 77° 33.972′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Waterford Road and North Street NW, on the right when traveling south on Old Waterford Road. Click for map. Located to the right (north) of the entrance gate to Mt. Zion Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Richard Owings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ealry Methodism in Leesburg (about 400 feet away); Lee Comes to Leesburg (about 700 feet away); Old Stone Church Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loudoun County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Leesburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Loudoun County Court Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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