Loudoun in the First World War:  ‘Over There’ Comes to Main Street

In 1917-18, the Wilson administration strove to make American participation in the First World War—the “war to end all wars”—a people’s war, with everyoneplaying a part. Hundreds of Loudouners were drafted or otherwise served in the military. But the soldiers were not alone in their efforts to defeat Germany and Austria-Hungary.

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Loudoun in the First World War: Loudouners Called Up to ‘Make the World Safe for Democracy’

In February 1917, in the 30thmonth of the First World War, Germany declared total submarine warfare around the British Isles impacting all vessels including those operated by neutrals like the United States. In March, news broke of the intercepted Zimmermann Telegram in which Germany implored Mexico to join the war against us if we declared war on Germany.

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Loudoun in the First World War: The Great War Viewed from a Distance

This year, Virginians remember the centennial of America’s participation in the First World War. The year 1918 was a year of massive change, heroic effort, and huge loss of life for the commonwealth. It would mark America forever. Over the past 80 years, Loudoun County’s attention to historic preservation largely through the foresight of early county zoning, the work of caring individuals, and the efforts of historical and preservation non-profits to save, restore, preserve, educate, and inspire has left us an historical landscape that lets us tell the story of that war and its home front. We should remember that story.

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From the Archives: Loudoun, Slavery and Three Brave Men

Harry was in a terrible situation: it was 1828 and Harry was an enslaved man in Loudoun County, rented by his owner to Samuel Cox. Because Harry was chattel (personal property), he had no recognized surname, as was common among slaves in Loudoun before 1860. On learning that his owner, a “Miss Allison” of Stafford County, was planning to sell him to slave traders who would take him further south, Harry decided to escape.

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