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

Action At Dranesville

 
 
Action At Dranesville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2016
1. Action At Dranesville Marker
Inscription.  Near here two foraging expeditions came in conflict, December 20, 1861. The Union force was commanded by General Ord, the Confederate by J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart attacked in order to protect his foraging parties, but was forced to retire after a sharp fight. The next day he returned, reinforced, and carried off his wounded.
 
Erected 1931 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number T-36.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 20, 1861.
 
Location. 39° 0.043′ N, 77° 20.614′ W. Marker is near Herndon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route 193) just east of Seneca Road (County Route 602), on the right when traveling east. It is a few hundred feet from Georgetown Pike’s intersection with Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11516 Leesburg Pike, Herndon VA 20170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Action At Dranesville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2016
2. Action At Dranesville Marker
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. Gettysburg Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Dranesville (about 600 feet away); Sharpsburg / Antietam Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Dranesville (approx. 1.1 miles away); U.S. Army Map Service (approx. 1.6 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx. 1.6 miles away); Loudoun County / Fairfax County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Chestnut Grove Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Herndon.
 
More about this marker. This marker was moved here from its original location half a mile away at 38° 59.709′ N, 77° 20.214′ W, on Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7) west of Northfalls Court, on the right when traveling west, sometime in 2015 or early in 2016.
 
Regarding Action At Dranesville. The battle at Dranesville, which was little more than a skirmish, can be cited as the first Federal victory of the war on Southern soil. The action itself centered around the intersection of the Georgetown and Leesburg Pikes, approximately ˝ mile further West. Other than roadbeds, no prominent terrain features remain from the time of the battle.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Dranesville. Reports and other details about the battle. (Submitted on December 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Action At Dranesville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 6, 2007
3. Action At Dranesville Marker
At its original location on Route 7. It is now half a mile NW on Georgetown Pike near Route 7.
Dranesville and Antietam Campaign Markers Before this Marker was Moved image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 6, 2007
4. Dranesville and Antietam Campaign Markers Before this Marker was Moved
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,898 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2022