Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Morven Park in the Civil War
Officers of the 17th Mississippi ordered their troops to build winter quarters shortly after they arrived at Morven Park on Christmas Eve 1861. The log huts with canvas or plank roofs held four to six soldiers, with fireplaces or, in some instances, wood stoves purchased in Leesburg. The remnants of more than fifty hut sites are located on the property nearby.
"War excitement & reenlistment are higher than ever. Formed in front of Swan[n]'s house & listened to an able speech on the subject of reenlistment." - Sgt. Exekiel Armstrong, Co. K, 17th Mississippi Infantry
"Tuesday, Dec. 24th, 1861, camp near Swan[n]'s. Moved this morning to this place which is north of Leesburg
"Wednesday, Feb. 5th, camp near Swan[n]'s. Have been working on our house again to-day. ...Have built bunks & are well pleased with the idea of sleeping as if we were in beds." - Pvt. Robert A. Moore, Co. G, 17th Mississippi Infantry
Erected 2008 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 8.371′ N, 77° 34.345′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on Southern Planter Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Morven Park, just north of Leesburg. The grounds are reached from Old Waterford Road. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mile Hill (approx. 0.9 Early’s Washington Campaign (approx. 1.1 miles away); Charles Fenton Mercer (approx. 1.4 miles away); Goose Creek Chapel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Morven Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fighting for Freedom (approx. 1.5 miles away); In Memory of Richard Owings (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. In the upper center is an illustration of Morven Park as it appeared at the time of the Civil War. On the right is a portrait of Pvt. Moore. In the lower center is a photograph of Reconstructed log huts.
Also see . . . Morven Park. A history of the grounds. (Submitted on November 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,425 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.