Marking a Moment in Time: First Civil War Soldier to Die in Loudoun

Marking a Moment in Time: The Death of Cumberland George Orrison, the First Soldier to Die on Loudoun Soil During the Civil War

On the early morning of August 5, 1861, members of the Niagara Rifles crossed the Potomac and attacked the Confederate Mead’s Loudoun Cavalry camp opposite Point of Rocks.    The first soldier to die in the Civil War on Loudoun soil, Cumberland George Orrison of Loudoun, was killed.  In commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Loudoun, this event will be held in two parts.  Near the site of the Loudoun Cavalry’s camp that morning, the event will be introduced by several speakers.  Subsequently, by caravan, those attending will reconvene near New Valley Church with the Orrison descendants to rededicate Orrison’s grave, recently restored.  Cavalry, an honor guard, and a chaplain will participate in the rededication.

Date:   Saturday, August 6, 2011

Time:    10:00 a.m.

Where:    Meet at the boat launch parking lot, just west of the Rt. 15 bridge over the Potomac opposite Point of Rocks.  Turn from Rt. 15 onto Virginia Rt. 672 on the Virginia side of the Potomac Bridge; the boat launch is immediately on the right.

Cost/Fee:   Free.

For more information:   Call Ken Fleming at (540) 338-4024

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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