Ravensworth (HM15CQ)

Location: Springfield, VA 22151 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.565', W 77° 13.252'

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Temporary Safe Haven

The nearby Ravensworth mansion provided a safe haven for Mrs. Robert E. Lee (Mary Randolph Custis Lee) at the beginning of the Civil War. Constructed about 1796, Ravensworth was the home of Mrs. Lee's widowed aunt, Anna Maria Fitzhugh. The newlywed Lees spent part of their honeymoon there in July 1831.

In May 1861, Gen. Robert E. Lee left his wife's home, Arlington House, for Richmond to become commander of state troops and military advisor to ConfederatePresident Jefferson Davis.Concerned for his wife'ssafety so close to the U.S.capital, Lee urged her tomove to her "CousinAnna's" home, Ravensworth. She was reluctant to go and later wrote, "I left my home in obedience to the wishes of my husband." After less than a month, she left Ravensworth for other relatives' homes after Lee wrote that her presence might imperil Mrs. Fitzhugh.

Mrs. Fitzhugh remained at Ravensworth throughout the war with a few slaves. The house and its occupants escaped "serious molestation," although both armies seized some of the property's resources. Federal soldiers cut wood there in February 1863. Confederate Maj. John Scott wrote that on August 23,1863, Confederate Maj. John S. Mosby and his rangers slept in a haystack there and in the morning were shocked to "find themselves in full view of and close proximity toan encampment of Yankees."

After Mrs. Fitzhugh died in 1874, the Lee children inherited Ravensworth. In 1877, the U.S. government rejected a claim from the estate for reimbursement for 3,000 pounds of hay seized during the war. The house burned in 1926.
HM NumberHM15CQ
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeHistoric Structure
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 8:36pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] WILSONJW42  
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionBetween the road and the shopping center.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307165 N 4297970
Decimal Degrees38.80941667, -77.22086667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.565', W 77° 13.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 33.9000" N, 77° 13' 15.1200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703, 202
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5252 Port Royal Rd, Springfield VA 22151, US
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Excellent condition.

Sep 30, 2017 at 3:04pm PDT by wilsonjw42

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