Civil War Trail Marker

Civil War Trails Marker Installed on Loudoun Grounds

Civil War Trail Marker
Pictured left to right: David Scheid (Horticulture Technology Program Head), Janelle Ankers Swensson (Ankers family representative), Joyce Harris (horticulturist) and Mitch Bowman (executive director of Civil War Trails).

On Monday, May 9, a Virginia Civil War Trails Marker was installed on NOVA’s Loudoun Campus. The marker commemorates the 1864 Battle of the Ankers’ Shop, a cavalry skirmish between Lieutenant Colonel John Singleton Mosby of the Confederate forces (Mosby Rangers) and Captain J. Sewall Reed of the Union forces. The marker recognizes the site of the Ankers Family Memorial Garden as hallowed ground.

During the Civil War, the Ankers homestead—the current Loudoun Campus—was used as a field hospital. According to family history, Henrietta Ankers cared for wounded or otherwise ill soldiers of both the Northern and Southern armies.

To honor the Ankers family and the historical significance of the land, a living memorial garden was designed by Joyce Harris, a former NOVA Horticulture Technology student. The garden, a joint project between the Ankers family and NOVA, will highlight the entrance to the Loudoun Campus. It will also give students, staff and visitors the opportunity to learn, reflect and recreate.

The unveiling and groundbreaking will take place on Saturday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Loudoun Campus. All are invited to attend.

Donations are graciously being accepted by the NVCC Educational Foundation (NVCCEF), 7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 817, Annandale, Virginia 22003. Please make checks payable to the NVCC Educational Foundation and place “Ankers Family Memorial Garden” in the memo section.