Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Loudoun County Court Square
Wartime in Leesburg
The Confederates evacuated Leesburg on March 7, 1862. The next morning, Union Gen. John W. Geary and his men marched in from Waterford as the townspeople glared. Northern reporter Henry Morhous described Leesburg as "a perfect sneering nest of rebels," adding, "They insulted soldiers in every way they thought safe... The ladies were the most outspoken." On September 4, two days after Union and Confederate cavalry skirmished at this intersection and then moved north, Leesburg citizens cheered as Gen. Robert E. Lee's army marched in. On September 17, Lt. Col. Judson Kilpatrick led the 2nd New York Cavalry into town after shelling it.
Mississippi infantrymen fired at the Union gunners from the Valley Bank building behind you. Loudoun's own 35th Virginia Cavalry under Lt. Col. Elijah V. White drove the New Yorkers off. On October 13,
On April 29, 1864, a detail of Mosby's Rangers stopped at Pickett's Public House, which stood to the right of the courthouse. When the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry rode in from behind you, the Rangers skedaddled; only three escaped. Johnny DeButts tried to shoot his way to his horse but was wounded and captured.
Erected 2013 by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 6.92′ N, 77° 33.81′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (Business State Highway 7) and King Street (Business U.S. 15), on the right when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The “I Have a Dream Committee” (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The Loudoun Citizens… (a few steps from this marker); Our Glorious Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Heroic Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Soldiers Loudoun County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 7 Loudoun Street Southeast (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 14, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.