Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church
Historic Site in Journalism
In the graveyard adjoining this church, on June 23, 1863, Harpers Illustrated Weekly's Alfred R. Waud, one of the Civil War's most renowned artists, dug the grave for the burial of his friend Lynde Walter Buckingham, the chief cavalry correspondent for the New York Herald.
Buckingham had spent the day of June 21 covering what would become one of the largest cavalry battles in U.S. history, in and around the villages of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. At the front with Union General Judson Kilpatrick throughout the June 21 fight, Buckingham was on his way to Washington with his account of the fighting when Confederate Partisan fighters under Major John Singleton Mosby's command overtook him and caused his horse to dash down a steep hill and throw its rider powerfully to the ground. Buckingham later died of injuries to his skull in a makeshift Union Army Hospital within this church.
After burying his friend, Waud rode on to Gettysburg, where on July 2 and 3 he sketched scenes of the fighting there that continue to shape Americans' views of that epic battle. A Couple of days after Buckingham's burial, Union Captain
The Society of Professional Journalists hereby designates Mr. Zion Old School Baptist Church and Graveyard a Historic Site in Journalism. For as long as they exist, they will recall the devotion to duty and fellow man that embody the best qualities of America's war correspondents.
Erected 2013 by The Society of Professional Journalists.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historic Sites in Journalism series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1863.
Location. 38° 57.834′ N, 77° 36.587′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. 50) and Watson Road (Virginia Route 860), on the left when traveling west. At the gate of the Cemetery behind Mt. Zion Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40319 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Aldie VA 20105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mt. Zion Church (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Zion CemeteryMt. Zion Historic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mosby-Forbes Engagement July 6, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fog of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Gilbert's Corner Regional Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This is Gilbert's Corner! (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldie.
Also see . . . In Aldie, monument to Civil War journalist outrages a modern war correspondent. By Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, August 11, 2014 (Submitted on June 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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