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Chatham Heights in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chatham

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
1. Chatham Marker
Inscription.  Chatham, a Georgian manor house, was completed in 1771 for planter William Fitzhugh and his wife, Ann Randolph. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were visitors here. Many enslaved African Americans worked on the plantation, and in Jan. 1805 a number of them rebelled against Fitzhugh's overseer. During the Civil War, Union Gen. Irvin McDowell set up headquarters at Chatham in Apr. 1862, and Pres. Abraham Lincoln met with him here, Walt Whitman and Clara Barton assisted physicians at the Union hospital established here after the Battle of Fredericksburg in Dec. 1862. Industrialist John Lee Pratt bequeathed Chatham to the National Park Service in 1975.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-60.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureArchitectureScience & MedicineWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1805.
 
Location. 38° 18.31′ N, 77° 27.145′ W. Marker is in Chatham Heights, Virginia, in Stafford County.
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
2. Chatham Marker
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Marker is at the intersection of Kings Highway and Naomi Road, on the right when traveling east on Kings Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 Naomi Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fredericksburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Soldiers View (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Chatham (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beleaguered Town (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beyond the Big House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bombardment (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham Heights.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker.
 
Chatham image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 16, 2016
3. Chatham
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

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