Falls Church, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Harriet and George Brice
Seizing Freedom and Facing Challenges
Later during the war, George Brice returned to Falls Church and farmed this land as well as the property of absentee landowners in exchange for a portion of what he grew. Like most farmers in the area, the Brices suffered losses when Union troops camped in their fields. In 1871, they filed a claim with the U.S. government for reimbursement for damages. Their claim was approved.
George and Harriet Brice helped by land for Galloway United Methodist Church in 1867 and are buried in the graveyard. Their descendants have continued to live on their property and attend the church.
“I always tried to belong to the U.S. It was always my principle from that time up to today. I never did anything for the rebels … only when I was obliged to. … I used to have to wait on them. … Of course I was a slave.” — George Brice, 1871
“I am the wife of the claimant. In 1864-65
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 52.822′ N, 77° 10.248′ W. Marker is in Falls Church, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Fairfax Street and Douglass Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Fairfax Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falls Church VA 22046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Fairfax (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To the Glory of God and in Honor of George Washington (about 300 feet away); James Wren (about 300 feet away); New York Memorial Stone at Falls Church (about 400 feet away); The Falls Church The Falls Church (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Falls Church (about 400 feet away); Columbia Baptist Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falls Church.
More about this marker. The marker displays two photos captioned George Brice’s Southern Claims Petition (left) Courtesy National Archives & Records Administration and Harriet Brice, on right, with four generations of the brice family. Courtesy Galloway United Methodist Church Archives.
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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