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Centreville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Fortifications

 
 
Civil War Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
November 11, 2006
1. Civil War Fortifications Marker
Inscription. In the winter of 1861-1862, Centreville was the linchpin of extensive fortifications erected by Confederate troops to protect their winter quarters and block anticipated Union advances. The earthworks stretched nearly eight miles south and west of town. More than 40,000 troops occupied the area that winter. The map shows the major features of the works around Centreville in relation to the roads as they existed at that time.
 
Erected 1989 by NVRetail Incorporated.
 
Location. 38° 50.144′ N, 77° 25.543′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Click for map. Marker is located near the entrance to the Old Centreville Crossing shopping center - adjacent to Glory Days Grill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13860 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA, Centreville VA 20121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newgate Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); Convicts and Slaves (approx. 0.4 miles away); Archaeology at Newgate Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Johnís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Stone Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
 
Also see . . .  Rebel Position at Centreville
Close-up of Map image. Click for full size.
November 11, 2006
2. Close-up of Map
From the marker: This map shows the major features of the works around Centreville in relation to the roads as they existed at tht time.
. The lower left of this map includes a map of the Centreville Civil War Fortifications (David Rumsey Historical Map Collection). (Submitted on February 24, 2008.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Old Centreville Crossing image. Click for full size.
November 11, 2006
3. Old Centreville Crossing
A view to the NW across what was once Artillery Hill.
Centreville Fort image. Click for full size.
4. Centreville Fort
"Centreville, Va. Fort on the heights, with Quaker guns." (Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0018)
Battery Ridge Earthworks image. Click for full size.
February 24, 2008
5. Battery Ridge Earthworks
Located about 1 ½ miles northwest of this marker (along the aptly named Battery Ridge Lane) are the remains of a well-preserved section of the northern line of these fortifications. About 150 yards long, it has two artillery emplacements, one with four and the other with five embrasures. There is a ditch in front of the artillery emplacements. (Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864, Earl J. Hess, p. 35)
There is no documentation on site – this is in the middle of modern housing developments.
 
 
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