Reader Mike Musick reminded me in a comment yesterday, of the upcoming reunion planned for June. I heard about it about a month or so ago, and, it’s probably not a bad idea to pass along the word here.
Though I’m not a descendant of a Loudoun Ranger, I’m certainly interested, as I did have kin in Cole’s Volunteer Maryland Cavalry, who served side-by-side in a few scrapes with the Rangers. Then, of course, there is my insatiable appetite for anything focused on Southern Unionism.
Anyway, as for the reunion…
It’s being planned to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Rangers’ formation, which took place in late June of 1862, in Lovettsville and Waterford, Virginia. Organizers of the event are seeking to locate as many descendants as possible. The reunion will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Lovettsville, Virginia.
The last major reunion of the Rangers themselves, was held in 1912, at Taylorstown, with 14 survivors present, and an overall attendance of 500 people.
New research shows that there were almost 300 men who enlisted in the Loudoun Rangers, mostly from the area in northern Loudoun County around the German community of Lovettsville and the Quaker community of Waterford, but also from Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland, and Jefferson County in what is now West Virginia.
Edward Spannaus of the Lovettsville Historical Society, said the planned reunion “is a wonderful opportunity to honor those patriots from this area who fought for the Union, despite facing economic hardship, ostracism, imprisonment, and death.” Spannaus noted that a much higher percentage of Loudoun Rangers died in prison camps than for other military units.
Descendants and others interested in helping to organize this event, should email RangerReunion@gmail.com, or leave a message for Spannaus, at 540-822-9194.