Between Reb and Yank

A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia

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About the Book

The northern part of Loudoun County was a Unionist enclave in Confederate Virginia that remained a contested battleground for armies and factions of all stripes throughout the Civil War. Lying between the Blue Ridge Mountains, Harpers Ferry, and Washington, D.C., the Loudoun Valley provided a natural corridor for commanders on both sides, while its mountainous fringes were home to partisans, guerillas, deserters and smugglers. This detailed history examines the conflicting loyalties in the farming communities, the peaceful Quakers caught in the middle, and the political underpinnings of Unionist Virginia.

About the Author(s)

Taylor M. Chamberlin returned to the Loudoun Valley after spending a career overseas with the CIA. He is retired and lives in Waterford, Virginia.
John M. Souders is retired from the CIA and is active with the Waterford (Virginia ) Foundation.

Bibliographic Details

Taylor M. Chamberlin and John M. Souders
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 410
Bibliographic Info: 112 photos, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5924-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8934-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. In John Brown’s Shadow      3

October–December 1859

2. Loudoun: A County on the Edge      9

3. The Debatable Land      16

(1856–1859)

4. The Advent of Father Abraham      22

January 1860–March 1861

5. Secession      31

April–May 1861

6. First Blood      41

June–July 1861

7. The Occupation of Waterford      53

August–September 1861

8. The Battle of Ball’s Bluff      66

October 1861

9. General Hill Digs In      73

November–December 1861

10. Elijah White’s “Loudoun Rebels”      81

January–February 1862

11. The Yanks Arrive      92

March 1862

12. “Then We Were Left Alone”      101

April–May 1862

13. Captain Means and the Loudoun Rangers      108

June–July 1862

14. The Rangers Baptized      116

August 1862

15. The Antietam Campaign      126

September 1862

16. Return of the Bluecoats      135

October 1862

17. “Between Union and Chaos”      148

November–December 1862

18. Guerrillas, Bushwhackers, and Rogues      159

January–February 1863

19. Retaliation      168

March–April 1863

20. The Rebels Return      177

May–June 1863

21. After Gettysburg      186

July 1863

22. Fight on Walker’s Hill and Other “Disasters” 193

August 1863

23. Hostage      199

September 1863

24. Elijah White’s Departure      207

October 1863

25. Harvesting the Spoils      214

November–December 1863

26. Blockaded      224

January–February 1864

27. Captain Means Loses His Command      233

March–April 1864

28. The Waterford News      247

May 1864

29. “The Demon, War”      256

June 1864

30. Jubal Early’s Raid      266

July 1864

31. Sheridan Takes Command      278

August 1864

32. “A State of Quietude Unknown”      286

September–October 1864

33. The “Burning Raid”      296

November–December 1864

34. Federal Camp at Lovettsville      310

January–February 1865

35. Final Campaigns      323

March–April 1865

36. An Elusive Victory      338

May–October 1865

Epilogue      351

Chapter Notes      359

Bibliography      385

Index      389

Book Reviews & Awards

“a remarkable book…this book sets a standard for other Piedmont Civil War histories to strive toward”—The Washington Post; “a fascinating glimpse into a civil war within the Civil War”—Civil War Times.