While the Maryland Campaign was underway in 1862, some Loudoun unionists found themselves in a dire situation at Harpers Ferry. Confederate forces were surrounding the town, and Union commander Dixon Miles planned to surrender. Before doing so, around 2,000 cavalry escaped. Within that group were members of the Loudoun Rangers, a U.S. unit raised in Loudoun. The Rangers operated often between Harpers Ferry, Loudoun County, and around the Point of Rocks area in Maryland. The Rangers didn’t have the best record during the war, but in this instance, they survived to fight another day.