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Near Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Harrison House

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —

 
 
The Harrison House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. The Harrison House Marker
Inscription.  Like most Spotsylvania County residents, Edgar W. Harrison little imagined the impact the Civil War would have on his community and his life. Harrison, his wife Ann, and their three young children lived in a story-and-a-half farmhouse set on the knoll across the road, where they made a living churning butter, slaughtering hogs, and harvesting corn, oats, and tobacco. Although he tiled less than half of his 190-acre farm, Harrison owned 11 slaves.

One slave, Joseph E. Walker, remembered the panic that gripped the household as the armies approached. "...My mistress, Miss Harrison, and my mother began gathering up her silver to leave. Just then [Confederate troops] formed a line of battle in our front yard.... We were ordered to get out as the firing was going to begin, which it did like a thunderstorm." The Harrisons and their slaves took refuge at a neighbor's house, returning only after the battle ended. For Spotsylvania residents, it was a story repeated countless times.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
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Location. 38° 13.047′ N, 77° 36.193′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Anderson Drive, on the right when traveling east on Gordon Drive. Located at tour stop four (The Harrison House) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee to the Rear! (here, next to this marker); Harrison House Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur's Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Upton’s Assault (approx. ¼ mile away); Mayhem in the Muleshoe (approx. ¼ mile away); The McCoull House (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a black-and-white photo of the house. The Harrison home survived the war only to be destroyed by fire years later. Today only remnants of its chimneys are visible.
 
Related markers.
Tour Stop Four image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Tour Stop Four
To the left is the Harrison House marker. To the right the Lee to the Rear! marker.
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Spotsylvania - Tour Stops Four and Five - Harrison and McCoull Houses
 
Also see . . .  Harrison House Site. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. The Harrison House Site
Seen from the marker location. The Harrison farm and house stood around the copse of trees in the open field.
Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
4. Harrison House Site
The foundation piles are all that remain of Harrison House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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