Centreville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Military Railroad Terminus
Nearby on 9 Dec. 1862, Privates Michael OíBrien and Dennis Corcoran of Maj. Chatham R. Wheatís “Louisiana Tigers” were court-martialed for mutiny, executed by a firing squad from their own company, and buried. In 1979 their remains were reinterred at St. Johnís Episcopal Church cemetery in Centreville.
Erected 1996 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-17.)
Location. 38° 49.533′ N, 77° 26.3′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Centreville Road (Virginia Route 28) south of New Braddock Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Old Centreville Road terminates just short of Centreville Road, without intersecting with it. The marker is where the intersection would be and can be seen from either road. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Defenses (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Battle of Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Fortifications (approx. one mile away); Archaeology at Newgate Tavern (approx. 1.1 miles away); Convicts and Slaves (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
More about this marker. There is parking at the end of Old Centreville Road. To reach it continue south past marker to first right on Old Mill Road, then right on Old Centreville Road. Then turn right in order to stay on Old Centreville road.
Regarding Military Railroad Terminus. The Centreville Military Railroad was a branch line of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The portion of the line between Orange and Manassas, plus this extension to Centreville, was operated by the Confederacy during this time. This branch line was six miles long.
Also see . . .
1. Execution of Two Tigers. Letter written by Second Lieutenant Edward Hewitt on December 12, 1861. It was originally published in a New Orleans newspaper. (Submitted on March 12, 2007.)
2. Civil War Vignettes. Confederate Firing Squad at Centreville: First Military Executions in the Army (Submitted on March 12, 2007.)
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