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

The March Across the Long Bridge

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
1. The March Across the Long Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Virginians voted overwhelmingly for secession form the Union on May 23, 1861. Overnight, Union Army troops stationed in Washington, D.C., moved to occupy what is now Arlington County. The main body of the troops crossed the Potomac River via the Long Bridge. Construction of fortifications began early on the morning of May 24.

The Union occupation of Northern Virginia prevented Confederate forces from mounting artillery on the Arlington Heights two miles west of here. Shells launched from that high ground could have reached federal buildings across the river.

The Advance Guard of the Grand Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge on the Potomac at 2 A.M. on May 24, 1861, from Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1861. Today's 14th Street railroad bridge built at the same location is also called the Long Bridge.
 
Erected by The Boeing Company.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location. 38° 51.926′ N, 77° 2.975′ W. Marker
The March Across the Long Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 7, 2019
2. The March Across the Long Bridge Marker
is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on 6th Street South east of Long Bridge Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington VA 22202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Defenses of Washington (here, next to this marker); Fort Runyon: Defending the Capital (here, next to this marker); Arlington Transformed by War (here, next to this marker); The Union Soldier (a few steps from this marker); Known Units Garrisoned at Fort Runyon (a few steps from this marker); Fort Runyon after the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); A Historic Junction (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); New and Renewed Land (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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