“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fields of Fire

Fields of Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, February 25, 2016
1. Fields of Fire Marker
Inscription.  On 17 June 1863, early in the Gettysburg Campaign, the Union XII Corps camped just north of here. The men left Fairfax Court House at daybreak, ate breakfast at Hunter's Mill, and halted by 11 AM because of extreme heat, 99 degrees in the shade. Devastated by sunstroke casualties two days earlier during the grueling 25-mile-long march north, the Corps continued to suffer. Brig. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams, the First Division Commander, noted on the 17th that "the dry old grass of the fields and woods got on fire, and filled the air with smoke and additional heat."
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number T-57.)
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 June 17, 1863.
Location. 38° 58.46′ N, 77° 18.92′ W. Marker is near Vienna, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Hunter Mill Rd (County Route 674) 0.1 miles north of Water Falls Lane, on the right when traveling
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north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10685 Water Falls Ln, Vienna VA 22182, 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. Old Road To The West (approx. 1.2 miles away); Robert E. Simon, Jr. / Reston, Virginia (approx. 1.4 miles away); Reston (approx. 1.4 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx. 1.6 miles away); U.S. Army Map Service (approx. 1.6 miles away); Forestville Volunteer Fire Department, est. May 5, 1942 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cartersville Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sharpsburg / Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 90 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 13, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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