Fairfax, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Blenheim (Willcoxon Farm)
Civil War Soldier Art
From the front door to the attic, the soldiers covered the new white plaster walls of the house (described by a Richmond newspaper in 1861 as “a brick building recently erected and fitted up in handsome style”) with their names, regiment numbers, and hometowns. Using charcoal, graphite, and crayon, they drew images from home—a house and animals—and of war—a cannon and men in uniform. One soldier lamented the warís toll on morale:
The Willcoxons, while loyal Confederates, neither destroyed nor covered the Union soldier signatures, art, and poetry on the attic
Blenheim is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is significant for providing rare visual insight into the psyche of the common Civil War soldier.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 51.325′ N, 77° 17.604′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Old Lee Highway. Click for map. The marker is located at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax VA 22030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Blenheim (a few steps from this marker); Dairy Barn Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); Blenheim House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Baptismal Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fairfax (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Fairfax Elementary School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pozer Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away); Draper House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfax.
More about this marker.
In the center of the marker is a portrait captioned, Lt. Daniel W. Clark, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, signed the attic wall and left Fairfax Court House for Gen. George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. -Courtesy of Forest Co. (Pa.) Historical Society. Below the portrait is a photo captioned, Signature of Lt. Daniel W. Clark.
On the upper right of the marker is a photograph captioned, Unsigned pencil and charcoal drawing of a cannon and soldier.
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim. (Submitted on July 25, 2009.)
2. Blenheim. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (.pdf) (Submitted on July 25, 2009.)
3. Diaries of the Common Soldier. News story about the opening of the Civil War Interpretive Center. (Submitted on July 25, 2009.)
4. Blenheim House Attic. WorldVR, High Definition Virtual Reality (Submitted on July 25, 2009.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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