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Lovettsville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lovettsville in the Civil War

Union Gateway to Virginia

 
 
Lovettsville in the Civil War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
1. Lovettsville in the Civil War Marker
Inscription. After Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army from northern Virginia in March 1862 to defend Richmond, neither Confederate nor Union force occupied Loudoun County permanently. Both armies, however, often passed through. The Confederates' favorite Potomac River crossings were downstream: White's Ford, Edwards Ferry, and Rowser's Ford. The Federals preferred Berlin (present-day Brunswick), Maryland, three miles north of here.

The Army of the Potomac crossed into Lovettsville after the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. Union Gen. Alfred Pleasonton's cavalry and Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's IX Corps occupied the town, which army nurse Sara Emma Edmonds described as "a pretty little village reminding one of New England," on October 26. A New York newspaper correspondent, however, called it "a dreary little Virginia village." Burnside spent the night in the hotel located on this spot. The rest of the army soon followed, and its commander, Gen. George B. McClellan, inspected his troops here on the evening of October 28, after telegraphing President Abraham Lincoln, "I go to Lovettsville in a few minutes." The army returned in 1863, marching through Lovettsville after the Battle of Gettysburg.

On April 21, 1865, Federal restrictions on trade between Loudoun County and Maryland Unionists were lifted. On May
Lovettsville Hotel (center), early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
2. Lovettsville Hotel (center), early 1900s
Courtesy Lovettsville Historical Society. Photo appears in the upper center of marker.
3, in Lovettsville, the 25th New York Cavalry conducted what the New York Sunday Mercury called "the first hoisting of the Stars and Stripes in the County of Loudoun since the outbreak of the Rebellion." The "immense crowd" included returning Unionist refugees and a military band. A celebratory ball was held here in the hotel that evening.
 
Erected 2013 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 16.362′ N, 77° 38.201′ W. Marker is in Lovettsville, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of East Broad Way (County Route 673) and South Loudoun Street, on the right when traveling east on East Broad Way. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 East Broad Way, Lovettsville VA 20180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. James United Church of Christ (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Independent Loudoun Rangers (approx. 0.2 miles away); First German Reformed Church Site and Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Water Power (approx. 2.7 miles
"Burnside on the road to Lovettsville" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
3. "Burnside on the road to Lovettsville"
from "Pictorial War War Record (1881-1884)." Illustration is on the lower left of the marker.
away in Maryland); Berlin (approx. 2.7 miles away in Maryland); Brunswick (approx. 2.7 miles away in Maryland); Train No. 286 Bell Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Brunswick (approx. 2.8 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lovettsville.
 
Also see . . .  Lovettsville Historical Society. The society aided with the content on and placement of the marker. (Submitted on November 12, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union army crossing into Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 27, 2015
4. Union army crossing into Virginia
"Union army crossing into Virginia from Brunswick rail yard, from Briscoe Goodhart, History of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers (1896)." Illustration appears on the lower right of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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