Civil War Trails: Middleburg Free Church

After more than six years of work, the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee marked its swan song Sunday at the Middleburg Baptist Church.

Middleburg Baptist Church
Middleburg Baptist Church

Members of the now disbanded committee joined with the church congregation, the Mosby Heritage Area Association and Clinton Hatcher Camp #21 Sons of Confederate Veterans to dedicate a new Civil War Trails sign. Placed along the iron fence of Sharon Cemetery, the marker tells the story of the Middleburg Free Church, which served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers following the Second Battle of Manassas, and of several notable war veterans buried inside its gates. The cemetery also is home to a monument to unknown soldiers, thought to be one of the earliest—possibly the first—of such memorials.

Battle flags mark gravestones of 80 unknown solders at a monument in Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg.
Battle flags mark gravestones of 80 unknown solders at a monument in Sharon Cemetery in Middleburg.

The committee earned accolades for its work explaining the impact of the war on Loudoun’s landscape, economy and people during the state-wide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war. Much of that work involved the placement of permanent historical markers, increasing them from 13 to 31 during its tenure

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