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Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The McCoull House

 

—The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

 
The McCoull House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. The McCoull House Marker
Inscription. This was the home of farmer Neil McCoull and his unmarried sisters Mary, Eliza, and Milly. McCoull's farm was typical of those that dotted Spotsylvania County: a few hundred acres that produced a modest income from corn and other grains. Like his neighbors the Harrisons, McCoul owned slaves, a circumstance common to more than half of Spotsylvania's residents.

Around the house stood a kitchen and other outbuildings. Simple dirt roads connected the McCoulls to their neighbors the Harrisons (to the south) and Landrams (0.75 mile north). Neil McCoull was absent during the fighting here in May 1864, but his sisters survived the battle by taking shelter in the basement of the house. When they emerged, they found a landscape dominated by death.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 13.211′ N, 77° 35.995′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on McCoull Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at Stop five (McCoull House Site) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Tour Stop Five image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Tour Stop Five
Two markers, Mayhem in the Muleshoe to the left and The McCoull House on the right, stand at Tour Stop Five. The remaining foundation of the McCoull house is in the background to the right.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayhem in the Muleshoe (here, next to this marker); McCoull Spring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramseur's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aftermath (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upton’s Assault (approx. 0.2 miles away); McGowan's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of the house. Like so many Spotsylvania County homes, the McCoull house survived the Civil War only to be destroyed by fire in later years. This photograph was probably taken in the late 1800s. An inset photo in the upper right shows some Confederate graves. Of nearly 900 farms in Spotsylvania County, none would witness more death than Neil McCoull's. Union burials on the farm numbered 1,492. The number of Confederate burials - like those shown in the photo - is not known.
 
Also see . . .  McCoull House. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The McCoull House Marker and Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
3. The McCoull House Marker and Site
The site of the McCoull House can be seen behind the marker.
The McCoull House Foundations and Remains image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
4. The McCoull House Foundations and Remains
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,305 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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