Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Harrison House
—The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
One slave, Joseph E. Walker, remembered the panic that gripped the household as the armies approached. "...My mistress, Miss Harrison, and my mother began gathering up her silver to leave. Just then [Confederate troops] formed a line of battle in our front yard.... We were ordered to get out as the firing was going to begin, which it did like a thunderstorm." The Harrisons and their slaves took refuge at a neighbor's house, returning only after the battle ended. For Spotsylvania residents, it was a story repeated countless times.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 13.047′ N, 77° 36.193′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is Touch for map. Located at tour stop four (The Harrison House) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee to the Rear! (here, next to this marker); Harrison House Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upton’s Assault (approx. ¼ mile away); Mayhem in the Muleshoe (approx. ¼ mile away); The McCoull House (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a black-and-white photo of the house. The Harrison home survived the war only to be destroyed by fire years later. Today only remnants of its chimneys are visible.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Spotsylvania - Tour Stops Four and Five - Harrison and McCoull Houses
Also see . . . Harrison House Site. National (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.