To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, the Waterford Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Lovettsville Historical Society and two Union Veterans’ groups a Reunion of Ranger descendants on June 23. The Waterford portion of this event is free and open to the public.
The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers were the only organized cavalry command from present-day Virginia to fight with the United States Army during the Civil War. This event will honor their formation on June 20, 1862, when Waterford miller Samuel Means began mustering in his command on Waterford’s main street.
Festivities will begin with registration at the Waterford Old School between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Attendees will be able to mingle with mounted Loudoun Ranger re-enactors who will perform cavalry demonstrations. Local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John and Bronwen Souders will be available to sign their books about the Civil War in Waterford and its surroundings. There will be a guided tour of Civil War sites in the village to include the Sam Means House and the Union cemeteries.
Lee Stone, an officer in the Sons of Union Veterans who is currently preparing an annotated Roster of the Rangers to be published by the Waterford Foundation, will give a talk in the Baptist Church about the clash that took place there between Means’s command and Lige White’s Confederate Cavalry forces.
Later in the afternoon descendants will reassemble for a reception, dinner and further discussion at historic WeatherLea Farm in Lovettsville (this portion of the Reunion will be restricted to direct and co-lateral Ranger descendants).
Descendants and others interested in attending this event should email the Waterford Foundation at email@example.com or call 540-882-3018.