McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Lewinsville
Union Reconnaissance Party Attacked
About four hours later, having completed their mission, the Federals were forming columns to withdraw when about 400 Confederates under Col. J.E.B. Stuart attacked from two sides with Maj. James B. Terrill’s 13th Virginia Volunteers, a company of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, and two guns of the Washington Artillery. Confederate Capt. Thomas L. Rosser’s artillery, posted 600 yards southwest of John Gilbert’s farmhouse, rained shot and shell on the retiring Federals, while Griffin’s guns responded from the road
Three Union soldiers were killed, several were wounded, and four were taken prisoner. The Confederates claimed no casualties. This small engagement became known as the “Battle of Lewinsville.”
Erected 2012 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. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1908.
Location. 38° 55.783′ N, 77° 11.386′ W. Marker is in McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Chain Bridge Road. The marker is located on the edge of the parking lot inside Lewinsville Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1659 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101, Mc Lean VA 22101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Whann Mackall (approx. 0.4 miles away); McLean Volunteer Firehouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Laughlin Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); McLean (approx. ¾ mile away); Benvenue (approx. one mile away); Salona (approx. one mile away); William Watters (approx. 1½ miles away); Chesterbrook (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McLean.
More about this marker. The marker features an engraving of "The Village of Lewinsville, Virginia, now occupied by U.S. Troops," from the Dec. 14, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly and an engraving entitled "Briging in the Federal Wounded after the Skirmish at Lewinsville" from the Oct. 12, 1861 edition of the Illustrated London News.
Also see . . .
1. 79th New York at Lewinsville, Part 1. Additional information about the 79th New York's role in the Battle of Lewinsville. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
2. 79th New York at Lewinsville, Part 2. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
3. Lecture on the battle. A video of a lecture on the battle given at a meeting of the McLean Historical Society. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,971 times since then and 159 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.