George H. C. Hickman

Entered Service
Branch of Service
U. S. Union Army Independent Loudoun (Va.) Rangers
Rank 1st Sgt Co. B
Discharged May 31, 1865
Born 7/6/1844
Died 5/23/1911
Buried St Paul's Parish Cemetery, Pt of Rocks, MD
Sec F Row 3 Lot 1


Picture was taken from the book "History of the Independent Loudoun (Va.) Rangers" written by Briscoe Goodhart, a member of the rangers and originally published in 1896

Note 1 George Hickman

details: The Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers was the only organized body of troops from Virginia to fight for the Union Army. The command was recruited in Loudoun County, Va. and mustered into the U.S. service at Lovettsville, June 20, 1862. Organized as an independent command in obedience to a special order of the Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and was subject to his orders only, but subsequently merged into the 8th Corps, commanded at that time by Maj.Gen. John Ellis Wood. George H.C.Hickman, maternal grandfather of Richard Clay Bowers (BHS Class of 1936) served as First Sergeant of Company "B" of the Rangers, was captured by a patrol of Col. Mosby's Confederate soldiers and later returned to the Union ranks in a prisoner exchange. A history of the unit may be found in a book, "Loudoun Rangers" written by Briscoe Goodhart, a member of the Rangers, and published in 1896


Loudoun County Virginia Rangers

Organized at Waterford, Va., and Point of Rocks, Md. Company "A" June 20, 1862; Company "B" January 26, 1864. Attached to Point of Rocks, Md., Middle Department, June, 1862. Railroad District, Middle Department, 3th Army Corps, to September, 1862. Railroad District, Dept. of West Virginia, to January, 1863. Point of Rocks, Md., 3th Corps, Middle Department, to March, 1863. Unattached, 8th Corps, to May, 1863. 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Corps, to June, 1863. Lockwood's Command, 8th Corps, to July, 1863. 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Corps, to August, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Maryland Heights Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to December, 1863. Unattached, 1st Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to April, 1864. Reserve Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to April, 1865. Unattached, 2nd Division, Dept. of West Virginia, to May, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at and about Point of Rocks and guarding fords of the Potomac River from Monocacy River to Brunswick to September, 1862. Action at Upperville August 27. Hillsboro September 1. Leesburg September 2. Edward's Ferry September 4. Siege of Harpers Ferry September 12-14. Capture of Longstreet's ammunition train at Sharpsburg, Md., September 15. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Point of Rocks, Md., till February, 1863. Moved to Brunswick February 1, to Bolivar Heights March 1 and to Berryville April. Scouting in the Shenandoah Valley till June 18. Moved to Harper's Ferry, thence to Frederick, Md. Duty there scouting and keeping open communications between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., during Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign. At Dripping Springs, near Point of Rocks, July 15-September 12. Scout into Loudoun County September 12-16. Snickersville, Leesburg, Rector's Cross Roads and Bloomfield September 14. Neersville September 30. At Harper's Ferry till December, 1863. Charlestown October 18 (Detachment). Scout to Leesburg and skirmish at Big Springs October 26. At Brunswick till January, 1864, and at Point of Rocks till February. Actions with Mosby at Big Springs and Hillsboro May 16. Waterford May 17. Near Wheatland June 10. Mosby's attack on Point of Rocks July 4. Near Middletown July 7. Solomon's Gap July 7. Frederick July 8. Monocacy July 9. Leesburg August 21. Hamilton August 21. Duty in Military District of Harper's Ferry till March, 1865. Adamstown October 14, 1864. Leesburg November 28. Paxton's Store, Hillsboro, December 1. Expedition into Loudoun County, Va., March 20-25, 1865. Purcellsville and Hamilton March 21. Mustered out at Bolivar, W. Va., May 31, 1865.