As you might expect, the Rock Hill Cemetery in Middleburg plays a central role. Vernon Peterson, the admirable caretaker there for 57 years, became curious about a seemingly war-related headstone, and dug into its history. He then told the story to Grigsby, who researched the life stories of those who returned to Loudoun after the war. Ruane’s full story is here.
A more famous/infamous part of Northern Virginia’s Civil War history is being reenacted in Fairfax City this Saturday on its 150th anniversary: Col. John Mosby’s raid on a Union outpost where he captured a general, 32 other soldiers and 58 horses without firing a shot. The reenactment will be outside the Truro Episcopal Church grounds on Main Street, and then various other events and new Civil War exhibits at the city museum and Blenheim House will run from 10 to 6:30 p.m. Here’s the program.