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

The Harrison House

 

—The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

 
The Harrison House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. The Harrison House Marker
Inscription. Like most Spotsylvania County residents, Edgar W. Harrison little imagined the impact the Civil War would have on his community and his life. Harrison, his wife Ann, and their three young children lived in a story-and-a-half farmhouse set on the knoll across the road, where they made a living churning butter, slaughtering hogs, and harvesting corn, oats, and tobacco. Although he tiled less than half of his 190-acre farm, Harrison owned 11 slaves.

One slave, Joseph E. Walker, remembered the panic that gripped the household as the armies approached. "...My mistress, Miss Harrison, and my mother began gathering up her silver to leave. Just then [Confederate troops] formed a line of battle in our front yard.... We were ordered to get out as the firing was going to begin, which it did like a thunderstorm." The Harrisons and their slaves took refuge at a neighbor's house, returning only after the battle ended. For Spotsylvania residents, it was a story repeated countless times.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 13.047′ N, 77° 36.193′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is
Tour Stop Four image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Tour Stop Four
To the left is the Harrison House marker. To the right the Lee to the Rear! marker.
at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Anderson Drive, on the right when traveling east on Gordon Drive. Click for map. Located at tour stop four (The Harrison House) 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee to the Rear! (here, next to this marker); Harrison House Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upton’s Assault (approx. ¼ mile away); Mayhem in the Muleshoe (approx. ¼ mile away); The McCoull House (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a black-and-white photo of the house. The Harrison home survived the war only to be destroyed by fire years later. Today only remnants of its chimneys are visible.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Spotsylvania - Tour Stops Four and Five - Harrison and McCoull Houses
 
Also see . . .  Harrison House Site. National Park
The Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. The Harrison House Site
Seen from the marker location. The Harrison farm and house stood around the copse of trees in the open field.
Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Harrison House Site
The foundation piles are all that remain of Harrison House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 992 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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