Leesburg From Paradise to Peril Antietam and Gettysburg Campaign

Inscription: "Leesburg! Paradise of the youthful warrior! Land of excellent edibles and beautiful maidens!" - so wrote a Confederate artilleryman in late 1861. A year later, a northern correspondent found Leesburg a weary town full of battle-scarred buildings and wary inhabitants. A prosperous Southern town of about 2000 at the outbreak of the Civil War, Leesburg was strategically located on the border between the Union and Confederacy. By war's end, the town had endured bombardment, the passage of Union and Confederate armies, Federal occupation, disintegration of civil authority, frequent raids and multiple combats in its streets.