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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ben Lomond Manor House

Civil War Graffiti

 
 
The Ben Lomond Manor House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
1. The Ben Lomond Manor House Marker
Inscription.
The Ben Lomond Manor House was built in 1837 by Benjamin Tasker Chinn and served as the principal structure on 1,739 acres of land. Prosperous farmers before the war, the Chinns watched their fortunes decrease due to the proximity of the estate to the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. As the Civil War battles drew nearer to the home, the Chinns fled and left it vacant for several years. Markings on the walls of the Manor House indicate that the vacated building was occupied by Union soldiers for a period of time in the spring of 1862. Some of the evidence suggests it was used as a hospital or at least served as an overnight refuge for soldiers traveling north to Washington, D.C.

Many of the soldiers' names and other markings found on the interior walls at Ben Lomond are barely legible. Historians have attempted to match the scrawled names with soldiers known to be in the area in 1862.

The Chinns never recovered from the war. On April 21, 1870, they traded the estate to William H. Campbell for land of equal value ($20,000) in Washington, D.C. It is believed that Campbell, a Scotsman, named the estate Ben Lomond.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
Close Up View of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
2. Close Up View of the Map
This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 47.342′ N, 77° 30.37′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Sudley Manor Drive and Copeland Drive, on the right when traveling east on Sudley Manor Drive. Touch for map. Located in front of the Manor House, along the entrance road to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Jackson’s Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben Lomond Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Portici (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cavalry Clash (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Headquarters (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dean Divers Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Arrival of Jefferson Davis (approx. 1.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. On the left side, “A map of the area made for an estate auction of the Ben Lomond property in 1928 provides a feeling for the Chinn’s position during the Civil War, trapped between the railroad junction at Manassas and Warrenton Turnpike, now Lee Highway (Rt. 29).”

On the right a picture of some of the graffiti
Close Up View of Graffiti Photograph image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
3. Close Up View of Graffiti Photograph
is captioned, “See ‘Wallace Cranston’ written at the bottom of this photograph of a manor house wall. Historians believe it may be the signature of Wallace Cranston of the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.” A small inset is an architectural drawing of the manor from around the mid-1800s.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ben Lomond Manor House. (Submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Historic Ben Lomond Manor House. by Martha Hendley - published in the August, 1993 newsletter of Historic Prince William (Submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Second Manassas Campaign
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Marker in Front of the Ben Lomond Manor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
4. Marker in Front of the Ben Lomond Manor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,520 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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