Join fellow history enthusiasts for the next installment of Conversations in History, co-sponsored by NOVA Parks, the Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Loudoun County Public Libraries. “Highway to War – Loudoun County and the Summer Campaigns of 1862” will focus on the Union and Confederate armies’ crossings through the county to and from Antietam.
In the summer of 1862, Confederate forces moved through Loudoun County on their way to the first Confederate invasion of Northern soil during the Civil War. Thousands of soldiers entered Loudoun, an event that many who witnessed it never forgot. The September 1862 river crossings outside of Leesburg led to America's bloodiest single day at the September 17 Battle of Antietam. Six weeks later, the United States Army trudged back into Virginia through Loudoun.
Authors Rob Orrison and Kevin Pawlak will look at the effects these campaigns had on Loudoun County and its citizens in 1862. Together, they will highlight the extant historic sites and landmarks that were relevant to the summer campaigns in 1862. Their forthcoming book is To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862, published by Savas Beatie.
The program will be hosted by Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg. There is no admission fee and reservations are not necessary. A guided tour of Harrison Hall, site of the meeting of Robert E. Lee with his generals prior to the Battle of Antietam, will be offered to attendees following the program. Reserve Now