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

Lee Comes to Leesburg

Conference at Harrison Hall

Lee Comes to Leesburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 11, 2011
1. Lee Comes to Leesburg Marker
Inscription. On the afternoon of September 4, 1862, five days after the Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Manassas, throngs of well-wishers lined Leesburg's streets, including King Street behind you, to welcome the threadbare but jubilant Army of Northern Virginia as it marched through the town. Among its 55,000 men was a horse-drawn ambulance carrying the army's injured commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee. Here, before the grand entrance to Harrison Hall, home of a distant relative of the Lees, the ambulance halted. Lee, hands bandaged - one broken, one badly sprained when his horse, Traveller, bolted at Second Manassas - was escorted inside and treated by local physician Samuel Jackson, who lived in the house to your right.

That afternoon, in the first-floor room to the right of the front door, Lee quietly visited with his son Robert, a private in the Rockbridge Artillery. Later, escorted by two young daughters of the household, the general walked to the home of John Janney, which still stands at 10 Cornwall Street. Janney had served as president of the Virginia Secession Convention in 1861. Although Janney voted against secession, it was he who handed the sword of command of Virginia's troops to Lee.

The next morning, a rare conference too place when Gens. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, James Longstreet, and
Marker and Harrison Hall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 11, 2011
2. Marker and Harrison Hall
Known today as the Glenfiddich House.
Lewis A. Armistead all assembled here in the dining room. When the generals later rose from their meeting, they had planned to execute Lee's daring decision to invade Maryland, which culminated at Antietam in the bloodiest day in American history.

"The doorways and curbstones are like living bouquets of beauty - everything that wears a crinoline or pretty face is out."
- Felix de Fontaine, Charleston (SC) Daily Courier, 1862, on the reception of Lee's army into Leesburg
Erected 2011 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 7.062′ N, 77° 33.82′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of North King Street (Business U.S. 15) and North Street, on the right when traveling south on North King Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 North King Street, Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ealry Methodism in Leesburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Richard Owings (about 700 feet away); Fighting for Freedom
The Nearby John Janney House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 11, 2011
3. The Nearby John Janney House
(about 700 feet away); Loudoun County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Loudoun County Court Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Stone Church Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Fenton Mercer (approx. mile away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
Categories. War, US Civil
Portrait of John Janney image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 11, 2011
4. Portrait of John Janney
"Gods and Generals" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 11, 2011
5. "Gods and Generals"
On the lower right of the marker is a painting by Mort Kunstler.
Gen. Robert E. Lee, seated with Gen. James Longstreet, presided over the council of war at Harrison Hall on September 5, 1862. Pointing to the map is Lee's "right arm," Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, who is accompanied by members of his staff, Dr. Hunter McGuire and his chief aid Sandy Pendleton. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, Lee's chief of cavalry, stands on the right, and Gen. Lewis A. Armistead stands between Lee and Stuart. On the extreme right is Lee's trusted aide, Lt. Col. Charles Marshall.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 939 times since then and 132 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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