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Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Fight on the Potomac

 
 
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By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
1. A Fight on the Potomac Marker
Inscription. A Fight on the Potomac took place here on September 25, 1861. According to Confederate Sgt. Wilmot Walter Curry, his unit was ordered to construct a battery at Freestone Point in order to deflect attention from larger, more permanent batteries downriver. The diary of Sgt. Curry recounts the event, beginning on September 20, 1861:

      “Today a detachment from the Washington Mounted Artillery was sent down to Freestone Point for the purpose of erecting a Battery. The battery will contain the two rifled six-pounders from our battery and an eleven foot long thirty-pounder known as “Long Tom” which was captured at Manassas plains. It is a very handsome piece.”

      Finally, on September 25, 1861, the day of the event:

      “This morning about 10 o’clock the enemy opened fire upon our Battery. Ten guns were fired by the enemy before our Battery opened. Several shot and shell struck out Battery but no damage done – as soon as the eleventh shot was fired, our guns opened on the Lincolnite men of war which were floating majestically on the Broad Potomac. No one was hurt on our side, although there were some narrow escapes.”

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On the bottom right of the marker is a photograph from a "New York newspaper article dated November
A Fight on the Potomac Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
2. A Fight on the Potomac Marker
2, 1861, shows the Seminole in action on the Potomac River shortly after the Battle of Freestone Point."

On the left of the marker, an "artist’s rendering depicts the battery constructed at Freestone Point."
 
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
 
Location. 38° 35.578′ N, 77° 14.815′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Daniel K. Ludwig Drive. Touch for map. Marker is along an historical hiking trail within Leesylvania State Park - off Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, below the battery works and above the Potomac River. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "At the Point of Rock" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (about 600 feet away); Lee’s Woods Historic Trail (about 700 feet away); Freestone Point Earthworks (about 700 feet away); "A Pacific Paradise on the Potomac" (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swimming in Bounty (approx. ¼ mile away); Iron Pulley Wheel (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
 
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The Battery at Freestone Point image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
3. The Battery at Freestone Point
"An artist’s rendering depicts the battery constructed at Freestone Point."
U.S. Navy; USS Seminole
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Battery Emplacements on Freestone Point image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
4. Battery Emplacements on Freestone Point
View is north toward Washington D.C.
A Commanding View of the Potomac image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
5. A Commanding View of the Potomac
Information about the Displayed Artillery Piece. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
6. Information about the Displayed Artillery Piece.
Canon Markings image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
7. Canon Markings
Canon Markings image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
8. Canon Markings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on December 25, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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