Centreville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
One of the most significant fortifications of these earthworks is located approximately 1200 feet northeast along this trail. This fort, forming the angle between the north and east fronts of the Centreville earthworks, measured nearly 20 feet from the top to the bottom of the ditch and included embrasures for seven guns. The trenches leading to the fort interconnected with other forts built around Centreville, including Fort Johnson and Artillery Hill.
The Centreville encampment was abandoned by the Confederacy in March, 1862; it was subsequently reoccupied by Union and Confederate forces on alternate occasions. It is thought that because of the natural strength of the Centreville plateau, encircled by valleys, streams, and miles of earthworks, the Centreville fortifications were never attacked.
Erected by Trafalgar House / Residential Virginia.
Location. 38° 50.566′ N, 77° 25.403′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Johnís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); On This Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Place on the High Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Gilead Historic Site (approx. ľ mile away); Newgate Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
More about this marker. Marker is in a residential neighborhood and marks the entrance to a wooded walking trail between two houses that takes you to the earthwork remains.
Also see . . .
1. Fortifications on Heights of Centreville, Virginia. Photograph from [Alexander] Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War on the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film website. (Submitted on September 17, 2006.)
2. Civil War Photographs of Centreville. These photos are on Frank Harrell's website. (Submitted on September 17, 2006.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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