Waterford in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Capt. Elijah V. White arrived here in January 1862 to recruit his 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry from the area's secessionists. (His second in command, Waterford farm boy Lt. Frank Myers, later wrote The Comanches, a history of the battalion.) White's troopers patrolled the border for runaway slaves and Unionist spies until a Union offensive in March 1862 forced a temporary evacuation. Townspeople welcomed Col. John W. Geary's 28th Pennsylvania Infantry with open arms as liberators, after months of Confederate occupation and threats to burn their "cursed Quaker settlement."
Local Unionists, including Quakers, joined Capt. Samuel C. Means's Independent Loudoun Rangers, the only Federal cavalry raised in Confederate Virginia. On August 27, 1862, White's "Rebels" jolted townspeople awake by firing from across the
Waterford and nearby Lovettsville ("North Loudoun") remained firmly Unionist, with reinstated U.S. mail and trading privileges. In 1863, these communities joined other areas under the Restored Government of Virginia in Alexandria. Here in 1864, three Quaker girls began publishing the Waterford News, an underground Union newspaper.
"You just aught to have seen how glad [the were] to see us Yankees."
- Cpl. James P. Steward, 28th Pennsylvania Infantry, March 23, 1862
Erected 2011 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1862.
Location. 39° 11.175′ N, 77° 36.644′ W. Marker is in Waterford, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Patrick Street and High Street (County Route 665Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waterford VA 20197, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterford Baptist Church (a few steps from this marker); Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Loudoun County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairfax Meeting of Friends (approx. ¼ mile away); Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waterford - An Old Mill Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Waterford Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away); How it Works (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mill to Market (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
Also see . . . Fight at the Baptist Church. An article detailing the fighting at the church in 1862. (Submitted on May 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 21, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.