by Taylor M. Chamberlin and John M. Souders
Between Reb and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia. $52.50 plus $5 shipping. Includes tax.
· Paperback Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
· Publisher: McFarland & Co. Inc. (February 2011) ISBN: 978-0-7864-5924-7, 8.5 x 11, 410 pp., 112 photos, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Between Reb and Yank, by esteemed local historians Taylor Chamberlin and John Souders, delves into Loudoun County’s—and Waterford’s—turbulent Civil War history along the border between North and South.
Northern Loudoun was berated by Southern newspapers and commanders for its lack of loyalty and retribution was sought against its “tory” inhabitants. On the other side, Federal soldiers were delighted by the hospitality and waving “stars and stripes” that greeted their arrival in this part of Dixie. Between Reb and Yank provides a fascinating account of the men who fought and the civilians caught between the two armies, of neighbors raising partisan outfits to oppose each other, of families split by conflicting loyalties, of prosperous farmers ruined by the conscription of their sons and confiscation of their crops, and of Quakers forced to search their consciences whether to fight, flee, or turn the other cheek. At the heart of the Union enclave and conflicting farming communities in war torn Loudoun was Waterford, whose peaceful Quakers were mired in the turmoil from the time of the May 21, 1861 anti-secession vote. It was Waterford’s miller, Samuel Means who called up the Loudoun Rangers––the only cavalry unit from Confederate Virginia that fought for the North. It was the daring Dutton sisters who published the underground pro-Union Waterford News that even reached President Lincoln’s desk. Frank Myers, White’s fiery young lieutenant, wrote a stirring history of their battalion. But he omitted much, and the authors have used his diary to recount the climactic final days of the war as well as the galling bitterness that the unreconstructed Rebel felt on returning to Waterford. Read all about these famous people in Waterford’s past, plus many more.
By John Divine with Bronwen and John Souders
When Waterford and I Were Young. $12.95 plus $3.50 shipping. Includes tax.
• Paperback: Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
• Publisher: Waterford Foundation (1994)
• 148 p. ISBN 0966048520, 0966048512
From the back cover of the book:
In this his final book, beloved Northern Virginia historian John Divine looks back affectionately at the village of his youth. Waterford, Virginia-now a National Historic Landmark-was a wonderful place for a lively boy growing up in the early 1900s. The town was a yeasty blend of farmers and merchants, blacksmiths and cobblers, freed slaves and Civil War veterans, sober Quakers and village drunks. Young John knew them all and loved their stories. He shares them here-warts and all-with warmth and wit.
No one could do it better. His roots in the village extend six generations-to the mid-1700s-and John himself seemed as much at home in the Waterford of the 1820s as of the 1920s. It is in this spirit that his co-authors have completed what he began, adding historical context and rounding out his anecdotes. Taking their cue from John Divine himself, they have relied almost entirely on interviews, primary documents, and period photographs.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: John E. Divine, a nationally recognized authority on the Civil War, died in November 1996. He was the author of several books on “The War,” including most recently “To Talk Is Treason,” a fascinating account of Waterford’s Quakers during that struggle. Associate and friend Bronwen Souders and her husband John collaborated with him on that book and this. They have lived in the Waterford area for more than 25 years in a house built by the first of John Divine’s forbears in Loudoun County.
THE INDEPENDENT LOUDOUN RANGERS
The Roster of Virginia’s Only Union Cavalry Unit
NOW AVAILABLE for the first time for Civil War scholars and descendants -- the complete roster of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers, carefully compiled by Civil War historian, Lee Stone. Includes a comprehensive account of the formation and military activity of the Rangers in the foreword by Edward W. Spannaus and the introduction by the author, and in the Roster, for each member of the Rangers, their rank, physical description, service record, burial site, and references.
5-1/2 x 11, 96 pages, black and white photos, appendix,
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by John M. Souders
Pocket Guide to Waterford's Civil War. $5 plus $2 shipping. Includes tax.
· Publisher:Waterford Foundation (2012)
This booklet provides a concise history of the war that placed Quaker Waterford at the flaming edge of national strife 150 years ago. The booklet includes a map and walking tour of important Civil War sites in the village.
Waterford authorJohn Souders is a native Virginians whose ancestors fought in the Civil War. After retirement, John has focused his attention on researching and writing the history of Loudoun County. Both are active members of the Waterford Foundation and have designated all their proceeds from this book to support the mission of the Waterford Foundation.
Edited by John E. Divine, Bronwen C. Souders, & John M. Souders
To Talk is Treason. $13.65 plus $3.50 shipping. Includes tax.
• Paperback: Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
• Publisher: Waterford Foundation (1996)
This fascinating account of Waterford’s Quakers during the Civil War came from a box of old letters and journals that had belonged to Mary Frances Dutton Steer – generously donated to the Waterford Foundation by her granddaughter, Miss Phebe Haviland Steer of California. Inside this miraculous box were found Grandmother Mollie Dutton Steer’s wartime letters, and a large volume of other writings of family and friends from the early 19th century to the end of her life. Among those treasures was Rebecca Williams’s poignant diary of the war years.
These writings in turn provided clues to other sources. Dutton descendants in New Jersey graciously shared period photographs of sisters Lizzie, Lida and Mollie, as well as additional details of their times. In the Waterford Foundation’s archives were copies of The Waterford News, an underground newspaper bravely published by young Union patriots Lida and Lizzie and their friend, Sarah Steer. Several essays written to commemorate the centennial of the war years in Waterford by John E. Divine provide the historical context for these personal accounts.
What makes this narrative so compelling are Waterford’s remarkable Quakers vividly brought to life again in these pages. Thanks to Miss Steer and her family everyone can share in the turbulent past recorded by the pens of her ancestors. When disaster struck, these peaceful and capable people met the challenge without flinch or compromise. They remained steadfastly loyal to the Union in a hostile Confederate State but aided the hungry and wounded of both sides when they came through the village.
by Bronwen C. Souders & John M. Souders
Rock in a Weary Land, Shelter in a Time of Storm. $13.65 plus $3.50 shipping. Includes tax.
· Paperback Dimensions: 7 x 8.25 inches
· Publisher:Waterford Foundation (2003)
This book tells the story of the African-American experience in Waterford, Virginia, from their arrival in the mid-1700s to their gradual exodus in the latter half of the 20th century. Though they never numbered more than a couple of hundred at any one time, they experienced in their small world much of the worst, but also the best, that American society has offered.
The authors are white and thus tell the story from a white perspective, a point of view reinforced by the documentary record, most of which was recorded by whites. But over the past two decades the principal author has interviewed, worked with, and enjoyed the support of many former members of Waterford’s black community as well as descendants of earlier African-American residents.
by W. Brown Morton III and Dr. Fred D. Johnson, Jr.
Made in Waterford. $3.15 plus $3.50 shipping. Tax included.
· Paperback Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
· Publisher: The Waterford Foundation (1994)
This booklet accompanied a 1994 exhibition of the furniture of chair and cabinet makers John Mount, William T. Mount and Lewis N. Hough, who worked in Waterford from 1825 to 1895. A history of furniture making in Waterford precedes an illustrated catalog of Waterford furniture.
Edited & Annotated by John M. Souders
The Burning Cow Question and Other Tales from the Waterford Town Council, 1891 to 1909. $5.25 plus $3.55 shipping. Includes tax.
· Paperback Dimensions: 7 x 8.5 inches
· Publisher: Waterford Foundation (2000)
Two decades of town government in Waterford are distilled into this entertaining book, omitting much of the repetitive bureaucratic prose of the minutes themselves. To round out and enliven the portrait of the village glimpsed in those pages, John Souders has added background, context and occasional commentary. He has also woven in the recorded memories of residents who experienced these times first hand. Packed into these pages are answers to questions about Waterford, Virginia that, in the gay nineties, one was too polite to ask:
• Just how much manure is too much?
• What happened when the post-election jollification got out of hand?
• How did the ladies soil their balbriggans?
• Was the livery stable really a den of sin ?
Nothing is held back in the exclusive probe into the long-hidden files of Waterford’s old Town Council.