Welcome to the August 2018 meeting of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Join us as Travis Shaw examines Virginians in Union service by exploring the recruiting of refugees, their motivations, and their combat experiences.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., August 14, 2018
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: “The Rebels is running over our Parents”: Recruiting Virginia Unionists into the Potomac Home Brigade
In the spring of 1861, Francis Thomas, former governor of Maryland, put out a call for the creation of a “Home Brigade” to defend western Maryland from rebel incursions. Three regiments of infantry and one of cavalry were raised, and these men spent much of the war guarding the vital transportation networks that ran through Maryland and West Virginia. Their war was primarily a guerrilla war, although occasionally the Home Brigade would be called into more active service when Confederates crossed the Potomac. From the beginning, the Home Brigade was also a refuge for numerous Virginia Unionists driven from their homes.
Travis Shaw is a native of Frederick County, Maryland, with a deep interest in the American Civil War. He received a B.A. in history from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A. in public history from American University. He currently works with the Mosby Heritage Area Association as the public programs coordinator and is also a library associate at the Thomas Balch Library. Shaw has well over a decade of experience in the fields of historic preservation, archaeology, and museum education, working with both private and public institutions, including Historic St. Mary’s City, Mount Vernon, and Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. In his free time, Shaw enjoys visiting historic sites, blogging about the Civil War, and participating in 18th and 19th century living history events.