August 14, 2013

Interpretative Signs at Aldie Mill

 There are a number of signs in Aldie telling about the history of the area and even the technology of the grist mill. Here's an excerpt from one of the Civil War Trails markers that tells us a little about the area:
On June 17-21, 1863, several cavalry battles erupted along the narrow roads, steep-banked streams, and stone-walled fields of the Loudoun Valley from Aldie west to the Blue Ridge. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's infantry was on a stealthy march west to the Shenandoah Valley. Lee ordered Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry corps to screen the infantry from Union forces. Stuart established his headquarters in Middleburg and dispatched Col. Thomas T. Munford's 2,000-man cavalry brigade east to Aldie. There, two macadamized turnpikes led west to Ashby's Gap and northwest to Snickers Gap, while the Carolina Road, a strategic north-south transportation route, was located just to the east.


The Furry Gnome said...

Nice to visitation place that provides interesting information.

Tanya Breese said...

i love all that history! you should link this with "signs, signs"

Daisy said...

So much history! It's hard to imagine all the bloodshed and battles there in such peaceful places now.