From Loudoun to Glory: Dedication of African American Civil War Veterans marker

The Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Mount Zion Cemetery Committee, and Black History Committee of Friends of the Thomas Balch Library invite you to attend the dedication of the latest Civil War Trails marker in Leesburg:


Fighting for Freedom highlights four Civil War veterans – James Gaskins (39th U.S. Colored Infantry), Joseph Waters (5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry), William Taylor (1st U.S. Colored Infantry), and John W. Langford (U.S. Navy) – among the hundreds of African Americans from Loudoun County who served in the Federal Army or Navy.  (Full text of the marker).

Details of the dedication ceremony:

Location – Senior Center of Leesburg, 102 North Street, NW, Leesburg, VA.

Time – Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 2 p.m.

The program includes remarks by Major-General (retired) Robert L. Nabors, Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd, and local historian Kevin Grigsby.   Reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts and 23rd USCT will render salutes with unveiling of the marker.


About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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