From the Loudoun Sesquicentennial Committee:
A new Virginia Civil War Trails sign will be dedicated during a program on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Glenfiddich House, 205 North King Street, Leesburg. Known as Harrison Hall during the Civil War, the home served as the site of a critical meeting between Robert E. Lee and his generals on September 5, 1862, on the way to what would become known as the Battle of Antietam. The new interpretive sign tells the story of Lee’s meeting, and of the welcome he and his army received upon entering the town named for his family over 100 years earlier.
Co-sponsored by Melanie and David Miles, owners and stewards of the property, and the Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, the June 11th program, entitled “Lee Comes to Leesburg: The Meeting of the Generals at Harrison Hall,” will feature a tour led by costumed interpreters of the main floor of Harrison Hall, including the room where Lee met with his generals – Jackson, Stuart and Longstreet. Local Civil War historian and Sesquicentennial Committee member Jim Morgan will offer a brief presentation at 10:00 AM on the importance of the September 1862 meeting between the Confederate generals, to be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Leesburg Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd and attended by members of the 17th Mississippi Regiment living history group.
At 11:00 AM, Rich Gillespie, Director of Education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and a member of the Sesquicentennial Committee, will lead a tour of Leesburg entitled “A Perfect Sneering Nest of Rebels: Leesburg in the Civil War.” Thomas Balch Library, at 25 West Market Street, will present a special exhibit of Civil War manuscripts and other items during the special day.
Throughout the morning, local authors will be on hand to feature and autograph their books on the war in Loudoun, including Taylor Chamberlin, Steve Meserve, Jim Morgan, and John Souders. Historical fiction author T. Elizabeth Renich’s novels The Shadowcreek Chronicles will also be featured. Additionally, three businesses in the town of Leesburg will display items that commemorate the four-year conflict. Medlin Art Gallery will highlight art work by Mort Kunstler, the artist whose depiction of the meeting of the generals appears on the new Civil War Trails sign. Very Virginia Shop will have Civil War memorabilia, and The Galleries on South King will exhibit line drawings and paintings of buildings in our historic towns.
Refreshments will be served during the morning’s activities, and the public is invited to attend free of charge. For more information, please contact Melanie Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracy J. Gillespie at email@example.com.
The Loudoun County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee was established by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors on December 2, 2008 to coordinate the commemoration of the American Civil War in Loudoun County and to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s state-wide efforts to remember all who lived, fought and died during this defining time in our American history, resulting in an inclusive, positive legacy and long-term benefit for residents of and visitors to Loudoun County.
Parking for the event is available along nearby streets or in Town Parking Garage.
The marker is currently in place and is registered with the Historical Marker Database.