Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Freestone Point Earthworks
Blockading the Potomac
On September 25, 1861, Union gunboats from the Potomac Flotilla spotted activity at Freestone Point. They fired on the point to disperse the workers and in turn were fired upon by the Confederates. This action lasted most of the afternoon with little damage inflicted by either side. Sgt. Walter Curry of the Washington Mounted Artillery of Hampton’s Legion noted in his diary that “…as soon as the eleventh shot was fired, our Guns opened
By December the Confederates had effectively closed the Potomac to commercial traffic. The impending spring movement by the Federals forced the Confederates to assume better defensive positions along the Rappahannock River. Thus the Confederate blockade of the Potomac ended on March 9, 1862. The Gun Battery is preserved at Freestone Point. This and other historical sites can be viewed along Lee’s Woods Trail.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 35.476′ N, 77° 14.896′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Daniel K Ludwig Drive. Touch for map. The marker is located at the end of Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Leesylvania State Park. There is an entrance fee. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Woods Historic Trail (a few steps from this marker); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (within shouting distance of this marker); "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" "At the Point of Rock" (about 400 feet away); Swimming in Bounty (about 600 feet away); Iron Pulley Wheel (about 600 feet away); The Freestone Fisheries (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
More about this marker. On the upper left of the marker is a sketch captioned, "Rebel battery at Freestone Point engaging the OSS Seminole and Jacob Bell Sept. 25, 1861." On the lower center is a sketch captioned, "USS Wyandank dismounting and removing guns from the Rebel batteries at Cockpit Point, Potomac River, March 11."
Also see . . .
1. Leesylvania State Park. (Submitted on January 19, 2008.)
2. History of Leesylvania. An article by James R. Arnold (Submitted on January 19, 2008.)
3. Freestone Point Confederate Battery. NRHP Registration Form (Submitted on December 13, 2008.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2008. This page has been viewed 2,336 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2008. 6, 7. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.