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

Confederate Outpost

 
 
Confederate Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
1. Confederate Outpost Marker
Inscription.  In August 1861, while U.S. forces were constructing the Arlington line three miles to the east, the Confederates established a fortified outpost on the high ground about 200 yards west of here, to guard the bridge by which the Georgetown - Falls Church Road crossed four mile run. In October they withdrew to Fairfax Court House. The Federals then established a signal station at the top of the hill and constructed Fort Ramsay just across the County Line.
 
Erected 1969 by Arlington County Virginia. (Marker Number 23.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 52.483′ N, 77° 8.055′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of North Wilson Boulevard and North Manchester Street, on the right when traveling east on North Wilson Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tracks into History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Falls Line
Confederate Outpost image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
2. Confederate Outpost
(about 700 feet away); Bluemont Junction (about 700 feet away); Rosslyn Station (about 800 feet away); Bluemont Junction, ca. 1934 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reevesland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Southern-Shreve Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Mary Carlin House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
Additional comments.
1. Tree Plaques
After violence occurred during a protest against the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Arlington County officials in early 2018 removed the plaque from the bicentennial memorial stone that commemorates the Confederate soldiers that served on Upton Hill. See: Arlington Now Article

Arlington County's list of notable trees designates as being historically significant the commemorative red oak tree that the plaque had identified. No marker presently identifies the tree. See: Notable Tree List
    — Submitted July 12, 2019, by Bernard H. Berne of Arlington, Virginia.
 
High Ground West of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
3. High Ground West of the Marker
The ground west of the marker is heavily developed. No traces of the wartime entrenchments or fortifications exist.
Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
4. Memorial
This red oak and stone
were placed here as a
bicentennial memorial to
the men in gray who
served on Upton Hill
by
Arlington Chapter
United Daughters
of the Confederacy
The nearby UDC marker has been removed image. Click for full size.
September 5, 2018
5. The nearby UDC marker has been removed
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,432 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on September 21, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 6, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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