More than 70 people gathered at Mt. Defiance Historical Park on Saturday morning to dedicate a war memorial commemorating the sacrifice of members of the 1stMaine Calvary who died during a series of battles in southwestern Loudoun 156 years ago.
The 3,000-pound Portland gray granite memorial was commissioned by the 1st Maine Cavalry Co. reenactment group as a memorial to 17 men killed during the battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville at the start of the Gettysburg campaign in 1863.
Mt. Defiance Historic Park is located at 35945 John Mosby Highway west of Middleburg, on the eastbound side of Rt. 50, west of Zulla Road.