The Unionist

Alexander G. “Yankee” Davis

Connecticut-born Alexander G. Davis had lived in Loudoun County for years prior to 1861. A Unionist and confirmed abolitionist, he was willing to tolerate his neighbors’ slave-owning ways until the night of October 18, 1861. On that night, according to Loudoun court records, three defendants “feloniously and maliciously, in and upon Alexander G. Davis, made an assault being then armed with dangerous weapons, viz. with guns, pistols, dirks, knives, etc. and then and there, feloniously and maliciously did shoot, stab, cut, and wound and cause bodily injury to him..." Having survived one murder attempt, the 47-year-old Davis left home and became a civilian scout for Union forces operating in Northern Virginia. “Yankee” Davis, as he was then known, later led many cavalry raids into Loudoun in attempts to capture or kill the elusive John Mosby. Davis survived the war, but moved to Frederick, Maryland where he died in an accident in 1901.