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

The Lost Locomotive

 
 
The Lost Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 21, 2017
1. The Lost Locomotive Marker
Inscription. At the outbreak of the Civil War in spring 1861, Maj.Gen. Robert E. Lee sent orders to Col. Eppa Hunton in Loudoun County. Anticipating Federal seizure of the Alexandria to Leesburg railroad, Lee told Hunton to tear up track, burn bridges, and destroy or capture rolling stock.

One of the railroad's three locomotives happened to be here in Leesburg on a freight run. Rather that destroy the valuable machine, Hunton took it apart and loaded it on a wagon. He later described how it was "hauled across country and put upon the Manassas Gap Railroad at Piedmont (Delaplane, Virginia). It took twelve yoke of oxen to move it, and it was used by the Confederates during the war. I felt gratified that I had not destroyed it."

Although no one knows for sure, the locomotive was probably returned to the railroad after the war, then retired in the 1880s.

(Caption) Below: The Clarke, a twin of the locomotive that Hunton captured, spent the war in Union hands.
 
Erected by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 6.65′ N, 77° 33.811′ W. Marker is in Leesburg, Virginia
Col. Eppa Hunton image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 21, 2017
2. Col. Eppa Hunton
In October 1861 his troops repelled Federal forces at Balls Bluff near Leesburg. Hunton went on to become brigadier general.
, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Harrison Street Southeast 0.1 miles south of South Street Southeast, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located about 25 feet west of Harrison Street on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leesburg Freight Station (here, next to this marker); Stationmaster's House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Log House (about 600 feet away); Norman-Harding Barn (about 600 feet away); Dairy Barn (about 600 feet away); McKimmey's Mill (about 600 feet away); Osterburg Mill (about 700 feet away); The Depot (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesburg.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Artist's Conception image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 21, 2017
3. Artist's Conception
An artist's conception of the locomotive's wagon trip to Confederate rail lines.
The Lost Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Stahl, January 21, 2017
4. The Lost Locomotive Marker
The marker sits next to the Leesburg Freight Station Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 168 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 22, 2017, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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