McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Lewinsville
Union Reconnaissance Party Attacked
About four hours later, having completed their mission, the Federals were forming columns to withdraw when about 400 Confederates under Col. J.E.B. Stuart attacked from two sides with Maj. James B. Terrillís 13th Virginia Volunteers, a company of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, and two guns of the Washington Artillery. Confederate Capt. Thomas L. Rosserís artillery, posted 600 yards southwest of John Gilbertís farmhouse, rained shot and shell on the retiring Federals, while Griffinís guns responded from the road and from opposite Mackallís Hill. Alarmed by the cannonading, Union General William F. Smith, division commander, hurried to the field with a battery, but the fight was essentially over. Stevens
Three Union soldiers were killed, several were wounded, and four were taken prisoner. The Confederates claimed no casualties. This small engagement became known as the “Battle of Lewinsville.”
Erected 2012 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 55.783′ N, 77° 11.386′ W. Marker is in McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Chain Bridge Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the edge of the parking lot inside Lewinsville Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101, Mc Lean VA 22101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Whann Mackall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Laughlin Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); McLean (approx. 0.7 miles away); Benvenue (approx. one mile away); Salona (approx. one mile away); William Watters (approx. 1.5 miles away); Chesterbrook (approx. 2 miles away); Langley Fork (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McLean.
More about this marker.
Also see . . .
1. 79th New York at Lewinsville, Part 1. Additional information about the 79th New York's role in the Battle of Lewinsville. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
2. 79th New York at Lewinsville, Part 2. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
3. Lecture on the battle. A video of a lecture on the battle given at a meeting of the McLean Historical Society. (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by Ronald J. Baumgarten, Jr. of McLean, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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