Gillespie Leads Walk Through Civil War Leesburg

       Historian Richard T. Gillespie will take residents on a walk back in time during a March 25 tour of significant Civil War sites in downtown Leesburg.

Participants in the two-hour chronological tour will examine the surviving Civil War townscape and learn how the war developed and engulfed Loudoun’s county seat during 1861-65. Included in the tour will be three skirmish sites, outside stops at two churches soldiers knew well, the courthouse lawn, “the best street in town,” Harrison Hall where General Lee stayed, and the Episcopal cemetery.

Gillespie recently retired as the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association and was a founding member of Loudoun’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Steering Committee. Before joining the MHAA in 2004, he taught U.S. history and economics for 30 years at Loudoun Valley High School.

This tour will leave from Thomas Balch Library parking lot at 10 a.m. The tour requires good walking shoes.

For more information, go to leesburgva.gov/thomasbalchlibrary.

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