Joseph Rizzo, the Executive Director of Loudoun Museum, shared the fateful life of political prisoners in Loudoun County during the American Civil War period, spring of 1983.

Imprisoning suspicious secessionists

In the spring of 1863, the Loudoun Rangers’ commander, Samuel Means of Waterford, was in the northern bottom area and wanted to show locals “that he wanted some retaliation” and used this moment to capture prisoners who he deemed “worthy of being imprisoned for some previous acts.” So they set out to arrest a couple of secessionists in the area; most notably, among them was a man named Henry Ball.

Means accused Ball—who lives around the Lucketts area—of being the one who led the Confederate soldiers into the Waterford Baptist Church, where the former’s men and recruits were caught in the firefight and captured by Confederate cavalry chief Elijah White.

Waterford Baptist Church c1860s
A battle was fought around the Baptish Church on the left during the Civil War at Waterford, Virginia. (Image Source: Waterford Foundation)

The Loudoun Rangers also arrested Albert Campbell Belt, a notable secessionist in the Lucketts area. Soon after, the news spread across town, sparking outrage and fear among the locals.