Lovettsville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lovettsville in the Civil War
Union Gateway to Virginia
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
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); New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Water Power (approx. 2.7 miles 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). 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 •
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 297 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.