The summer sesquicentennial season is almost upon us. June will be a busy month for us in Loudoun. On the heels of the Brandy Station tour, we’ll have our own sesquicentennial event here in Loudoun. The Mosby Heritage Area Association hosts several events from June 14 through June 16:
Friday, June 14:
7 p.m. at Mount Zion Historic Park (40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie): Dedication of a plaque in honor of Lynde Walter Buckingham, the only war correspondent to die during the Civil War. Buckingham died after a fall from his horse on June 23. He was taken to Mount Zion Church after the fall and was later buried in the cemetery. Robert O’Neill will provide an overview of the battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. Admission to the event is free.
Saturday, June 15:
10 a.m. at Aldie (Parking at Church of Our Redeemer 39518 John Mosby Highway, Aldie): Reenactors of the Virginia Light Horse Cavalry and the 1st Maine Cavalry stage a skirmish behind Aldie Mill. Also throughout the morning reenactors provide exhibitions in the village of Aldie. These morning events are free to the public.
1:30 p.m. at the Furr Farm (40590 Snickersville Turnpike, Aldie): Reenactement of the battle of Aldie on Snickersville Turnpike. Robert O’Neill provides narration. A wreath-laying at the 1st Massachusetts Monument is at 3:30 p.m. The events are free to the public.
7:30 at the Caleb Rector House (1460 Atoka Road, Marshall): Cavaliers, courage and coffee program with the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group and Company C, 20th Maine. $8 for adults, $4 for students.
Sunday, June 16:
9 a.m. at the National Sporting Library and Museum (102 The Plains Road, Middleburg): Childs Burden speaks on the use of horses and mules during the Civil War. Visitors are encouraged to take in “An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes” on display in the museum. This is a traveling exhibit organized by the Virginia Historical Society. This event is free to the public.
10 a.m. at Mount Defiance Historical Park (35945 John Mosby Highway): Battle of Middleburg at Mount Defiance, featuring infantry demonstrations and a first person account of the fighting. The new Mount Defiance Civil War Trails marker will be dedicated. This event is free to the public.
11:15 a.m. at Goose Creek Bridge (Lemmons Bottom Road): Battle of Middleburg at Goose Creek Bridge reenactement featuring dueling artillery. Infantry of Company C, 20th Maine will cross the bridge as they did during the battle. Eric Buckland provides interpretation on the fighting at the bridge. This event is free to the public.
Noon at Buchannan Hall (8549 John Mosby Highway): Tuscarora Brass Band Concert featuring period music. There is an admission fee for this concert.
2:00 p.m. at Upperville (parking at Glen Loch Farm, 22681 Willisville Road): Battle of Upperville reenactment with the Virginia Light Horse Cavalry and the 1st Maine Cavalry. This event is free to the public.
More details on the Civil War in Loudoun Valley: Prelude to Gettysburg website and the Mosby Heritage Area Association website.