I greatly enjoyed the chance, yesterday, to be part of the Loudoun Heights 150th commemorative event. It was nice to speak about my perspective, as a relative of two of Cole’s men… and I was glad to share the experience with one other descendant (friend, Mark Dudrow) of one of Cole’s men (Abraham Dern), who was there.
In my presentation, I pointed out… I was a Southerner, speaking about Southern men who opted to wear Union blue. Most of these men in Cole’s Battalion were not “Yankees”, but were Southerners… many born south of the Mason-Dixon Line, including my third great grand uncle, born in nearby Shepherdstown. Additionally, this ground, at Loudoun Heights, wasn’t foreign to these men… many were well acquainted with the general area. In many ways, to some of these men, this was home turf. I joked… though the Mosby Heritage Area was putting on the event… I welcomed folks, at the beginning of my presentation, to “Cole’s Heritage Area.”
After the presentations, we were able to visit Major Cole’s headquarters, located on the right (if you are coming in from the north) of the Harpers Ferry Road. As this is a private home, this was quite the treat!
The above image is particularly important to me… especially now, as I’ve learned some information about cousin James D. Moore, who was camped just within sight of this porch, probably somewhere to the left in this image, in that field. I’ll mention more about this in another post.
Better than a “selfie”… I took this shot of my Cole’s Cavalry kepi, having at the fireplace in Cole’s HQ. You might note, I used the “B” as an identifier to the company in which my kin served. When I took this picture, to my back was the room in which Capt. Gallagher (quite a courageous fellow, considering his feat at Berryville) was recovering… still, from his broken leg, from October.
This is prime real estate… saved from development. In this field, between 150 and 200 of Cole’s men were camping… when about 100 of Mosby’s men attacked.
As I said, I’ll have more to say about this field in another post. I just wanted to enter a quick post, and share some of the views from the day.