Between Reb & Yank

A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia

by Taylor M. Chamberlin and John M. Souders


$52.50 plus $5 S&H

Book Details

· 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

Book Description

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. Civil War scholars and enthusiasts will find the untold accounts of well known figures and campaigns in Between Reb and Yank of great interest. Historians will be equally pleased to find a fresh look at border conflict, including the evolution of policies towards non-combatants in the North and South, the neglected issue of cross-border commerce, and the political underpinnings of Unionist Virginia. Waterford authors Taylor Chamberlin and John Souders are native Virginians whose ancestors fought in the Civil War—Taylor’s for the North, and John’s for the South. After careers with the CIA, they have focused their 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.

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