The Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Historic Records Division is displaying militia records from the late 18th and early 19th century through January.
The exhibit also includes reproductions of clothing, a fife, drum, and a brief history of Virginia’s militia from colonial times to the formation of the Virginia National Guard.
During the American Revolution, Loudoun County had the largest militia in Virginia with 1,746 men. The militia papers and books include almost 20,000 names of male residents who were required to muster six times a year. The rolls list the names, attendance, and fines of all officers and privates and can be found online here.
The records are on display in the Historic Records Division on level B2 of the courthouse complex at 18 E. Market St., Leesburg from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors must come through court security.