ALL FOR THE UNION in Confederate Virginia!
Straight from the pages of Loudoun County, Virginia Civil War history, the play traces the true escapades of three young pro-Union journalists - Lida and Lizzie Dutton and Sarah Steer - who fought the Confederacy in their own unique way.
From the 2000 prodution performed in Waterford, Virginia. Actors stand
before the Dutton home on Second Street.
They dealt with foraging rebels and burning raids, cared for wounded soldiers, assisted with the Underground Railroad, and created the only known Union newspaper to ever be published from Confederate Virginia. From the summer of 1864 to the end of the conflict, they managed to smuggle at least eight drafts of The Waterford News across the Potomac River for printing. Despite starving conditions in Loudoun, they took the subscription monies and sent them north to Soldiers' Aid. After President Lincoln's assassination, copies of The Waterford News are purported to have been among the items found on the White House desk, along with a Union soldier's lletter which tells the President that the three girls had raised over $1300 for soldiers aid through its publication(a tremendous sum in that day).
From a version of the play filmed in 2005-06 at Clermont Estate, Berryville, VA
Heroes are made when right choices are made in difficult circumstances. Thanks to the preservation of Loudoun history, we're able to celebrate the heart of these heroes - the young women who vowed to do life justice despite all odds.
Premiered: 1997, The Growing Stage, Inc., Purcellville, VA
Length: 1.5 hours
Read the Loudoun Times-Mirror REVIEW (pdf)
Read the 2003 Article: "The Play's the Thing in Lincoln," Loudoun Times-Mirror (PDF file)
Order a video from the 2003 production
Read the true story of Lida, Lizzie and Sarah
Read about the show's first production
Performance Rights: Meredith Bean McMath
SET FOR PRODUCTION JULY 2011, as the first in the five-year, five-play McMath Civil War Series