Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Morven Park in the Civil War
Officers of the 17th Mississippi ordered their troops to build winter quarters shortly after they arrived at Morven Park on Christmas Eve 1861. The log huts with canvas or plank roofs held four to six soldiers, with fireplaces or, in some instances, wood stoves purchased in Leesburg. The remnants of more than fifty hut sites are located on the property nearby.
"War excitement & reenlistment are higher than ever. Formed in front of Swan[n]'s house & listened to an able speech on the subject
"Tuesday, Dec. 24th, 1861, camp near Swan[n]'s. Moved this morning to this place which is north of Leesburg & but a short distance from the beautiful residence of the ex-mayor of Baltimore, Swan's. We are camped in his park, see a number of deer feeding around us. This is one of the prettiest places in the state. I suppose we will remain here for the winter if the Yankees do not molest us." - Pvt. Robert A. Moore, Co. G, 17th Mississippi Infantry
"Wednesday, Feb. 5th, camp near Swan[n]'s. Have been working on our house again to-day. ...Have built bunks & are well pleased with the idea of sleeping as if we were in beds." - Pvt. Robert A. Moore, Co. G, 17th Mississippi Infantry
Erected 2008 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 8.371′ N, 77° 34.345′ W. Marker was near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker was on Southern Planter Lane, on the right when traveling south. Located in Morven Park, just north of Leesburg. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20176, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A Serious Business (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Farmhand House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Garden (approx. ¼ mile away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mile Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early’s Washington Campaign (approx. 1.1 miles away); Haud Pluribus Impar (approx. 1.3 miles away); Charles Fenton Mercer (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. In the upper center is an illustration of Morven Park as it appeared at the time of the Civil War. On the right is a portrait of Pvt. Moore. In the lower center is a photograph of Reconstructed log huts.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,777 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on July 6, 2020, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on November 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on May 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.