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Dranesville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Action At Dranesville

 
 
Action At Dranesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2016
1. Action At Dranesville Marker
Inscription. Near here two foraging expeditions came in conflict, December 20, 1861. The Union force was commanded by General Ord, the Confederate by J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart attacked in order to protect his foraging parties, but was forced to retire after a sharp fight. The next day he returned, reinforced, and carried off his wounded.
 
Erected 1931 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number T-36.)
 
Location. 39° 0.043′ N, 77° 20.614′ W. Marker is in Dranesville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Georgetown Pike (Virginia Route 193) just east of Seneca Road (County Route 602), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. It is a few hundred feet from Georgetown Pike’s intersection with Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7). Marker is in this post office area: Herndon VA 20170, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sharpsburg (Antietam) Campaign (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Dranesville (approx. 1.1 miles away); Great Falls Nike Missile Site (approx. 1.6 miles away); Loudoun County / Fairfax County (approx. 1.9 miles away);
Action At Dranesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 25, 2016
2. Action At Dranesville Marker
Shown at its new location.
Reston (approx. 2.2 miles away); Robert E. Simon, Jr. / Reston, Virginia (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fields of Fire (approx. 2.4 miles away); Historical Statement (The Bell) (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker was moved here from its original location half a mile away at 38° 59.709′ N, 77° 20.214′ W, on Leesburg Pike (Virginia Route 7) west of Northfalls Court, on the right when traveling west, sometime in 2015 or early in 2016.
 
Regarding Action At Dranesville. The battle at Dranesville, which was little more than a skirmish, can be cited as the first Federal victory of the war on Southern soil. The action itself centered around the intersection of the Georgetown and Leesburg Pikes, approximately ½ mile further West. Other than roadbeds, no prominent terrain features remain from the time of the battle.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Dranesville. Reports and other details about the battle. (Submitted on December 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Craig Swain, June 6, 2007
3. Action At Dranesville Marker
At its original location on Route 7. It is now half a mile NW on Georgetown Pike near Route 7.
Dranesville and Antietam Campaign Markers Before this Marker was Moved image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 6, 2007
4. Dranesville and Antietam Campaign Markers Before this Marker was Moved
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,370 times since then and 74 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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