“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dumfries in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Dumfries - Love’s Tavern

Dumfries Civil War Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
October 28, 2007
1. Dumfries Civil War Trails Marker
Inscription. Dumfries, an important Potomac River port chartered in 1749, became strategically significant in the autumn of 1861 when Confederate forces built batteries along the Potomac River nearby to blockade Washington, D.C. Gen. William H.C. Whiting, commanding Confederate forces, established his headquarters here at Love’s Tavern (Williams’s Ordinary) while winter camps were erected around Dumfries. After the Confederates evacuated the town in March 1862, Col. Charles Candy’s Federal troops moved in.

On December 27, 1862, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and 1,800 cavalry troopers attacked the Federal garrisons at Dumfries and Occoquan. Part of Stuart’s command, led by Gens. Fitzhugh Lee and W.H.F. Rooney Lee, assaulted Dumfries from the north and south. Stuart’s Horse Artillery bombarded the town, destroying many buildings, but Candy’s Federals repulsed numerous attacks. The losses on both sides were relatively light.

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McDowell Map of Northern Virginia, 1862 Courtesy Library of Congress

The Confederates shelled the town until dark and the next morning moved north to join their comrades then riding into Fairfax County, where Stuart engaged the Union garrison at Occoquan and captured supplies at Burke Station. Dumfries remained under Federal control for the rest of
Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary image. Click for full size.
October 28, 2007
2. Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary
the war, but various Confederate partisan bands launched attacks periodically until the close of the war.

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Civil War Dumfries, Harper's Weekly sketch by A.R. Waud - Courtesy George Mason University

“Gen. Johnston arrived here [Dumfries] this evening, and is now staying at Gen. Whiting’s head quarters. He will remain here a day or two inspecting the army and then return to Centreville. His arrival has been a course of much rejoicing, and hundreds have been in town today, to get a glimpse of their Chief. They will have an opportunity tomorrow.” – Times
dispatch, November 27, 1861

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Gen. W.H.C. Whiting • Col Charles Candy • Gen. Fitzhugh Lee • Gen. W.H.F. Rooney Lee
All courtesy of Library of Congress
Erected 2007 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 34.129′ N, 77° 19.401′ W. Marker is in Dumfries, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of N Main Street (U.S. 1) and Colonial Street, on the right when traveling south on N Main Street. Click for map
Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary, c. 1935 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary, c. 1935
. Marker is in this post office area: Dumfries VA 22026, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonial Dumfries - Williams Ordinary (here, next to this marker); History of Dumfries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graham Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dumfries Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prince William County Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Weems-Botts House (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Grayson Bandstand Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dumfries.
Also see . . .
1. The Williams Ordinary. Information about Williams's Ordinary, collected by Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. (Submitted on November 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. How Ordinary is Williams Ordinary?. An article about Williams Ordinary by Aileen M. Streng, published in the Potomac News on January 30, 2006. (Submitted on November 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. (Submitted on November 1, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary, c. 1969 image. Click for full size.
By NPS - National Register
4. Love's Tavern - Williams's Ordinary, c. 1969
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 1,741 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on .   3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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