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April 2022 Issue

In this issue:
  • April 3 Lecture: "Lovettsville's Hidden History--Mount Sinai Cemetery"
  • Remembering Lafayette's Visit to Loudoun
  • Founder of Loudoun Rangers Honored at Graveside Ceremony
  • April 10: Revolutionary War Patriots to be Honored at New Jerusalem
  • Lovettsville Union Cemetery Spring Cleanup, Sat. April 2
  • Nearby Events of Interest
  • Volunteers needed!
  •  About us
  • Archive of back issues
Next in our revived Lecture Series:

 Lovettsville’s Hidden History:

Mount Sinai Church and Cemetery"

Presented by the Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery 
Sunday,  April 3, at 2:00 p.m.

 In-person at Lovettsville Town Council Chamber (behind the Museum)
and online via Zoom
During April, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is expected to decide on measures to preserve and protect the Mount Sinai Free Will Baptist Church and Cemetery site, which is located at the intersection of Mountain Road and Britain Road, southwest of the town of Lovettsville. This is the result of an initiative presented jointly by Phyllis Randall, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and Caleb Kershner, the Catoctin District Supervisor, last November.  The initiative asked the Board to have County staff look into options for either acquiring the cemetery property, or to take other measures to preserve and protect the historic property. It is likely that the staff recommendations will be presented to the full Board at its April 19 business meeting.

On April 3, the Lovettsville Historical Society will present the story of the Mount Sinai Church – organized in 1883 as a mission of the Free Will Baptists at Storer College in Harpers Ferry – and its cemetery. 

The cemetery was in use from at least 1887 until the 1950s, and as many as 100 people could be buried there.   We will also tell the stories of some of the families who are asssociated with Mount Sinai, and we will discuss the efforts now being made to restore and preserve this hidden gem of Lovettsville history.

Speakers will include the founders of the Family & Friends of Mount Sinai Cemetery:

·       Claudette Bard, a trained genealogist, will present her findings of some of the families who have members buried at Mount Sinai, including the following families: Curtis, Redman, Paris, Morgan, and Young. She will also talk about Henry Howard, a Lovettsville Delegate to the 1883 “Colored Mass Meeting” which demanded civil rights for Loudoun’s black citizens.

·       Howard Gilbert Timbers has studied his ancestor Pvt. Samuel Timbers, who served with the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War, and who is buried at Mount Sinai.  Private Timbers served in the latter phase of the War, at Petersburg, Richmond, Appomattox, and then in Texas along the Mexican border.

·       Edward Spannaus has been studying the history of Mount Sinai – how it was founded as a mission of the Free Will Baptists who also founded Storer College in Harpers Ferry, and how the property was eventually sold off and abandoned.

This event will be held both in-person at the Lovettsville Town Council Chambers, and will be streamed online via Zoom.  The Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the lecture. To request the Zoom link, please RSVP to .The Council Chambers are located in the old Town Hall, which is directly behind the Lovettsville Museum.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations and are welcome to defray expenses of the program.

This 1825 portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette was commissioned by the Kentucky legislature and painted by Matthew Jouett.


Remembering Lafayette’s Visit to Loudoun

By Nancy Spannaus

One year before the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the nation will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the visit by one of the leading figures of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette’s 13-month-long Farewell Tour in 1824-25 sent him through all 24 states of the Union, bringing out millions to greet him as a hero of the battle for freedom from the British Empire.
In this area, the Revolutionary War hero was feted with major celebrations in both Leesburg and Frederick, Maryland. Contemporary reports indicate that most of Leesburg’s 1500 citizens turned out to march through the streets cheering the guest of the nation.

Recently, the story of the French general’s visit to the Leesburg area was presented by Loudoun Museum Visitor Experience Coordinator Lori Wysong to a Joint Chapter Meeting of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held at the Belmont Country Club. Her March 5 talk was followed by a tour through the Belmont mansion, which was the home of Ludwell Lee, one of Lafayette’s aides-de-camps during the war.

This report on Wysong’s presentation is intended to serve as an introduction to this historical event for our readers. We expect much more to follow in the months and years to come.
Read more about Lafayette's visit
Some of the participants in the March 26th Samuel Means gravestone dedication ceremony

Capt. Sam Means, Founder of Loudoun Rangers, Honored at Graveside Ceremony

Captain Samuel C. Means, who commanded the Independent Loudoun Rangers during the Civil War, has finally received a U.S. government-issued headstone for his burial site, 138 years after his death in Washington D.C.

The headstone was dedicated on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at a ceremony at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, organized by the Lincoln-Cushing Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the successor organization to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).

The U.S.-issue headstone was obtained at the initiative of William Stump of the Augustus van Horne Ellis Camp of the SUVCW, located in New York State.  Stump, who is also a Detective with the New York Police Department, has a strong interest in locating unmarked gravesites of Southern Unionist veterans, and during the ceremony he voiced his deep respect for those Southerners who remained loyal to the United States of America during the War of the Rebellion.

A special feature of the dedication ceremony was the participation of three direct descendants of Captain Means: Ron Deichmann and Rick Deichmann of Missouri, and Bob Deichmann of Florida. All three had travelled from their homes to be part of the headstone dedication.
Read more about Sam Means
Last July's grave-marking ceremony at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church

April 10 -- Revolutionary War Patriot Grave Marking at New Jerusalem Cemetery

A grave marking ceremony to honor five Revolutionary War Patriots will be held on at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lovettsville.

The grave marking ceremony is being sponsored by three Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) chapters: the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter (Frederick County MD), the Fairfax Resolves Chapter (Fairfax County) and the reconstituted John Champe Chapter (Loudoun County). A joint Maryland-Virginia Color Guard and Musket Salute will be featured.

The five Patriots being honored are: Frederick Belse/Beltz, Michael Boger, Michael Cooper, Jr., John Fawley, and Jacob Slater, Jr.

This is the second such grave-marking at New Jerusalem; the first, held in July 2021 (see article here) was attended by well over one hundred people. A third one is tentatively planned for this Fall.

Lovettsville Union Cemetery Spring Cleanup,
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Trustee and Friends of Lovettsville Union Cemetery will meet at the cemetery, 12930 Lutheran Church Road, at 9 a.m., for the annual Spring Cleanup.  We will be picking up Christmas decorations, branches, and trash that has accumulated over the winter months.
All are welcome to join us in maintaining the beauty and peacefulness of Lovettsville's community cemetery. For more information, call 540-822-9194.

Nearby (virtual & in-person) events of interest:


April 1 - 30. Thomas Balch Library Exhibit: “ Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.” Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St., Leesburg. call 703-737-7195 or email for more information.

April 2 through July 31 – “Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.” Features 57 photographs documenting the Civil Rights Movement by Danny Lyon, a giant of post-WWII documentary photography and film. The exhibition will include photographs made by Lyon as he traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions from 1963 to 1964 as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601

Friday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. – “Grant and the Lieber Code” (virtual event) Sponsored by the Civil War Round Table Congress. Living historian Dr. Curt Fields, as General Ulysses S. Grant, will discuss the origins and implementation of the Lieber Code. According to the Library of Congress, the Lieber Code, named after its main author Francis (Franz) Lieber, set out rules of conduct for Union soldiers during the U.S. Civil War. Even today, it remains the basis of most regulations of the laws of war for the United States, and it inspired other countries to adopt similar rules for their military.  Register here.

Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. – "A Black Family at the Battle of South Mountain" with Emily Amt. Very few firsthand accounts survive of African American experiences during the Civil War in Western Maryland. One of them comes from the family of Rev. Daniel Ridout, an A.M.E. preacher for Frederick and Washington Counties. Living in Hancock at the beginning of the war, and then outside Burkittsville, the Ridouts had many adventures before the Battle of South Mountain, which happened literally in their front yard. This talk will look at how the Ridout family--mother, father, and children--experienced the years 1859 to 1862, and especially the invasion of Maryland and the Battle of South Mountain. We'll also learn about one of the Ridout sons who joined the United States Colored Troops. This lecture will be held in person in Community Room 308/309 and livestreamed on the Library's YouTube channel. The link can be found on the Library website home page. Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Thurs., April 7, at 10 a.m. – “Researching Court Records.” Jeanette Irby, Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge and former Leesburg Town Attorney, will will discuss how to use court records and other resources for data that are frequently overlooked in genealogical and historical research. She will demonstrate how to mine court records for clues that can be used to collect information for genealogical research. Examples of these records include real estate records, chancery suits, estates, and indexes. Lower level meeting room at Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, in Leesburg. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online.

Mon., April 11, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Historic Encounters Days are a series of hands-on-history events for students, families, and homeschool groups at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum. The April 11 program is Technology/STEM: Learn about technology through the ages and see simple machines in action. To learn more or to register, please visit the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum website. This program is made possible in partnership with Claude Moore Park and the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.

Wed. Apr. 13, at 7:00 p.m. – “One That Got Away” with Doug Perks. West Virginia became the 35th U.S. State during the Civil War. Although not among the original 44 counties in the new state, there was a provision in the West Virginia Constitution that created a pathway for Jefferson County to join the state. Why did West Virginia want Jefferson County, and how did Jefferson leave Virginia? Doug Perks is the Historian for Elmwood Cemetery, the Jefferson County Museum, and the Jefferson County Historical Society. He writes the column “History Matters” for the Spirit of Jefferson. The program is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to reserve and attend the dinner to help out the CWRT and our host facility. The family-style dinner this month will consist of fried chicken and baked beans with all the sides for only $20, payable at the door. You must reserve your dinner by Sunday, April 10 by contacting Chris Craig at Dinner at 6:30 pm, (7 pm for the program) at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 601 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV.

Fri., April 15, at 1:00 p.m. – “Love and Duty” Livestream. Director of Education John Lustrea will talk with author Dr. Angela Elder about her forthcoming book Love and Duty. Elder will relate stories of Confederate widows and how their losses changed their relationship to the Confederacy after the Civil War ended. Elder is an Assistant Professor of History at Converse University. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D in History, she became the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation, which explored the experience of Confederate widowhood, won the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize and St. George Tucker Society’s Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize in 2017. This is a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. You can tune in by visiting at the scheduled time.

Thurs., April 21, at 7:00 p.m. – “McDowell’s Plan for First Bull Run,” Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting. Harry Seltzer presents “McDowell’s Plan for First Bull Run,” examining the expectations and intentions of Brigadier General Irvin McDowell for the campaign which culminated in the battle of July 21, 1861. Through the use of existing and easily available primary documents and military theory of the day, the program argues that the traditional interpretation of McDowell’s “plan” and the reasons for its failure is at odds with the evidence, and is based in large parts on facts not in evidence. Free for members, $5 suggested fee for non-members. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701.

Wed., April 27, at 1:00 p.m. – “Congo, the Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN,” Luncheon Lectures with Andrew Jampoler (VIRTUAL EVENT). Former Navy Lieutenant Emory Taunt’s third time in the Congo, as the first resident American diplomat in equatorial Africa, ended in January 1891 with his death along the great river, the familiar fate then of many Europeans in King Leopold’s private estate. His life and times at the end of that century open a window today on the tragic history of this deeply troubled nation. This is a virtual event. Pre-registration is required. Please call 703-737-7195, email, or register online:

Volunteers needed!

This Spring, put your love of history and your talents to work for the Lovettsville Historical Society & Museum. Part-time volunteers are sought to help with:

  • Social media
  • Event planning and organizing, including use of video, streaming, and meeting platforms.
  • Museum guides and docents (we will train you)
  • Scanning documents into our digital data-base;
  • and lots of other things we haven’t even thought of, but you may have.

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Our Mission:
The mission of the Lovettsville Historical Society is to foster a sense of place and community by preserving, protecting, and educating about the history and heritage of Lovettsville and the  German Settlement.  

   We achieve this by:
    1.  Operating, maintaining, and expanding the Lovettsville Museum in order to acquire, display, and preserve artifacts, documents, and records which relate to our local history;
    2.  Maintaining and operating a physical and online research library for use by historians, genealogists, and the public;
    3.  Educating the public about Lovettsville area history through programs, printed and online resource materials, and events.
Members and volunteers needed

The success of our mission relies heavily upon our membership, which provides the needed resources and also committed volunteers who share our passion for local history. Please encourage your friends, family, and others to join the Lovettsville Historical Society (LHS), or renew their annual membership, to ensure our continued success in preserving and promoting our local heritage.

There are many opportunities for members and others to participate in supporting the Lovettsville Historical Society and also meet others who share in our passion for preserving and promoting our local history. This includes volunteering to help with the museum, fundraising, organizing events, website and social media, and publicizing our activities.  We enjoy hosting special presentations for groups such as Scouts, school classes and tourists. Lastly, the donations of local historical artifacts such as family documents and pictures (or digital scans thereof), ensure that we can continue our efforts to expand our presentation of local genealogical information.

The Lovettsville Historical Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions and membership dues are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.  The Society has been deemed to be exempt from registration under the Commonwealth of Virginia's charitable solicitation law.
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