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Tysons in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Freedom Hill Redoubt

Late-War Protection

 
 
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July 7, 2012
1. Freedom Hill Redoubt Marker
Inscription.  
Small batteries called redoubts were constructed during the Civil War as part of the outer defensive lines that encircled Washington, D.C. Late in the war, the one in front of you was built here on Freedom Hill (according to tradition, named for one of Fairfax County’s earliest free black communities, settled near here in the 1840s).

On New Year’s Day 1865, two 13th New York Cavalry troopers encountered a concealed force of thirty Confederates near Freedom Hill. One of the Federals escaped and spread the word, but patrols failed to capture any of the Confederates. Later that month, Federal authorities ordered the construction of the redoubt. Military dispatches and other official communications from the Freedom Hill redoubt confirm the fact that the fort saw no significant action during its brief lifetime.

A company of the 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery Regiment was stationed here as part of a larger contingent assigned to protect the signal tower at the nearby Peach Grove Stockade. Freedom Hill’s fortifications also offered protection to couriers and patrols on Chain Bridge Road as they sought to elude Confederate Col.
Freedom Hill Park marker set image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 20, 2022
2. Freedom Hill Park marker set
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John S. Mosby’s Rangers.

The Freedom Hill redoubt was built to standard army design. A gun platform was located in the center, the earthen walls were lined with timber, and ditches ringed the exterior. The soldiers were not shielded from the weather, nor did the earthworks protect against anything but small arms fire.
 
Erected 2012 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
 
Location. 38° 55.038′ N, 77° 14.48′ W. Marker is in Tysons, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Old Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 677), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at Freedom Hill Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Old Courthouse Road NE, Vienna VA 22182, 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. Family Strength (a few steps from this marker); A Union Spy of Color? (a few steps from this marker); Freedom Hill is a Droplet in an Ocean of History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defending the Nation's Capital (about 400 feet away); A Tent Design Inspired by Native Americans (about 400 feet away); Outpost Life (about 400 feet away); First Court House of Fairfax County
Freedom Hill Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
July 7, 2012
3. Freedom Hill Redoubt Marker
This is an older context photo of the marker before additional signs were posted alongside it.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Falls Line (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tysons.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo captioned Heavy artillery battery drilling Courtesy Library of Congress. The middle of the marker displays a Map of northern Virginia, 1862 Courtesy Library of Congress. On the right side of the marker is a photo captioned Interior of a redoubt with cannon, resembling Freedom Hill redoubt Courtesy Library of Congress.
 
Also see . . .
1. Freedom Hill Fort, Present Day Tysons Corner Area. By Michael Rierson (Submitted on September 27, 2012.) 

2. Freedom Hill’s Fort. From To the Sound of the Guns, Craig Swain (Submitted on September 27, 2012.) 

3. Freedom Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia. (Submitted on November 18, 2012.)
 
Freedom Hill Redoubt image. Click for full size.
May 31, 2008
4. Freedom Hill Redoubt
View to the northeast.
Freedom Hill Redoubt image. Click for full size.
February 3, 2012
5. Freedom Hill Redoubt
View to the southwest.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2012. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 27, 2012.   2. submitted on May 20, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on September 27, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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May. 24, 2022