Local historian Richard Gillespie leads a tour of Leesburg on Saturday, March 10, highlighting the Civil War related sites of Leesburg.
With its key geographic location just two miles from the Potomac Frontier dividing the Confederate and United States, Leesburg was bound to see a good deal of the Civil War. A Walking Tour of Civil War Leesburg with Rich Gillespie will examine the surviving Civil War townscape and chronologically watch the war develop and engulf the county seat of Loudoun. In a circuit of the historic district, the emphasis will be on what the 1,500 residents of town would have seen at various places and what they would have experienced during 1861-65. The two-hour chronological tour will provide ample spots to sit for the weary, but will paint some vibrant historic portraits to keep people enthralled. Included in the tour will be three skirmish sites, outside stops at two churches soldiers knew well, the courthouse lawn, “the best street in town,” Harrison Hall where General Lee stayed, and the Episcopal cemetery.
More information at the Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial website.
Event time: 10am-12pm. The tour will leave from the parking lot of Thomas Balch Library.
Admission Fee/Ticket Price: Free
Location: Thomas Balch Library
208 West Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176