Harriet and George Brice

Harriet and George Brice (HM1D9V)

Location: Falls Church, VA 22046 Stafford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 52.822', W 77° 10.248'

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Seizing Freedom and Facing Challenges

You are standing across the street from land that Harriet Brice, a "free woman of color," purchased in 1864. Together with her husband, George Brice, she struggled to farm the property during the Civil War. Although we had gained her freedom sometime before 1860, George Brice did not escape slavery until 1861 when he fled to Union lines. In 1863, he joined the 6th Infantry, United States Colored Troops.

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 I lived at Falls Church - right in town. He lived on the piece of land I bought of mine. We had 12 acres of corn destroyed by Sheridan's cavalry. ? They pastured 300 or 400 horses. ? There was about 12 tons of it and they fed their sick horses. ? We didn't accumulate anything after they came along and took possession ? we just made ourselves content." — Harriet Brice, 1871
HM NumberHM1D9V
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 4:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 311700 N 4305740
Decimal Degrees38.88036667, -77.17080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.822', W 77° 10.248'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 49.32" N, 77° 10' 14.88" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122-198 E Fairfax St, Falls Church VA 22046, US
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