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

Fort Buffalo

Fort Buffalo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
1. Fort Buffalo Marker
Inscription. Nearby once stood Fort Buffalo. This earthwork fortification was built by the 21st New York Infantry of the Union army in 1861 and named for the troops’ hometown. During the Civil War, a concentration of forts existed in the Seven Corners section of Falls Church. These structures were used in the Federal defense of Washington. First occupied by Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell’s troops during the First Manassas Campaign, the fort was briefly occupied by the Confederates following that Federal defeat in July 1861. In the 1950s, Seven Corners shopping center and the surrounding community was developed on land once part of and surrounding Fort Buffalo.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-49.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 52.2′ N, 77° 9.433′ W. Marker is in Seven Corners, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Sleepy Hollow Road (County Route 613) south of Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the Seven Corners Fire Station, one block from Seven Corners. Sleepy Hollow Road is one of the seven roadways that makes up Seven Corners.
Fort Buffalo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
2. Fort Buffalo Marker
The others are Arlington Boulevard (U.S. 50) east and west, Leesburg Pike (VA 7) east and west, Wilson Boulevard (Route 613), and Hillwood Avenue (VA 338). Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taylor’s Tavern (approx. 0.3 miles away); Falls Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor’s Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tallwood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dulin Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southwest No. 8 Boundary Marker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wren’s Tavern (approx. ¾ mile away).
Also see . . .
1. Where Was Fort Buffalo?. Monograph by Mark Doehnert. “Apparently construction started on the October, 4 1861 and was completed on October 24 and christened ‘Fort Buffalo.’ It was reported the Union Generals McClellan and McDowell and Brigadier General Wadsworth visited the Fort.” (Submitted on January 16, 2009.) 

2. 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery at Fort Buffalo. Company K of the Wisconsin Second Infantry became Company A of the First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery after the retreat from 1st Manassas. The regiment was posted at Fort Buffalo in 1862 after the retreat
Fort Buffalo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 26, 2008
3. Fort Buffalo Marker
This view is towards Seven Corners. Firehouse is on the right.
from 2nd Manassas and repulsed a Confederate attack. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Rob Aronson of Alexandria, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,593 times since then and 203 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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