Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Arlington Transformed by War
" … a detail of men with axes was marched … to the place afterwards known as 'Fort Runyon' and proceeded to level the ground of a fine peach orchard of three hundred trees."
History of the Seventh Regiment, New York
1806 - 1889, vol. II, 1890
Although no major battles were fought in current Arlington County during the Civil War, the conflict turned the small farming community of 1,500 residents upside down. Forests and orchards were cut down to build forts and deny cover to enemy infantry. Homes and churches were converted to hospitals, barracks, and even stables. Farm fields and pastures were dug for trenches and latrines. Military roads crisscrossed the landscapes, restricting local commerce and made earning a living difficult. Unable to farm, many families moved away from Arlington during the war.
Erected by The Boeing Company.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Forts and CastlesScience & Medicine • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington series list.
Location. 38° 51.921′ N, 77° 2.973′ W. 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); The Union Soldier (here, next to this marker); Known Units Garrisoned at Fort Runyon (here, next to this marker); The March Across the Long Bridge (here, next to this marker); Fort Runyon after the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Fort Runyon: Defending the Capital (a few steps from this marker); A Historic Junction (about 700 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.