Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Freestone Point Earthworks
Blockading the Potomac
On September 25, 1861, Union gunboats from the Potomac Flotilla spotted activity at Freestone Point. They fired on the point to disperse the workers and in turn were fired upon by the Confederates. This action lasted most of the afternoon with little damage inflicted by either side. Sgt. Walter Curry of the Washington Mounted Artillery of Hampton’s Legion noted in his diary that “…as soon as the eleventh shot was fired, our Guns opened on the Lincolnite men of war which were floating majestically on the Broad Potomac.”
By December the Confederates had effectively closed the Potomac to commercial traffic. The impending
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 35.476′ N, 77° 14.896′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Daniel K Ludwig Drive. Click for map. The marker is located at the end of Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Leesylvania State Park. There is an entrance fee. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Light Horse Harry" Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "At the Point of Rock" (about 400 feet away); The Freestone Fisheries A Fight on the Potomac (about 700 feet away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. half a mile away); The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
More about this marker. On the upper left of the marker is a sketch captioned, "Rebel battery at Freestone Point engaging the OSS Seminole and Jacob Bell Sept. 25, 1861." On the lower center is a sketch captioned, "USS Wyandank dismounting and removing guns from the Rebel batteries at Cockpit Point, Potomac River, March 11."
Also see . . .
1. Leesylvania State Park. (Submitted on January 19, 2008.)
2. History of Leesylvania. An article by James R. Arnold (Submitted on January 19, 2008.)
3. Freestone Point Confederate Battery. NRHP Registration Form (Submitted on December 13, 2008.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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