Confederate Defenses

Confederate Defenses (HM25X)

Location: Centreville, VA 20121 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 50.275', W 77° 26.485'

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Here while the Confederate army camped at Centreville, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston built strong fortifications in the winter of 1861-1862. In Feb. 1862, President Jefferson Davis ordered Johnston to evacuate them and move his army closer to Richmond, the Confederate capital. Outnumbered by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac, Johnston complied. On 10 March, McClellan found "Quaker cannon," logs painted black, in the abandoned trenches to deceive his scouts. McClellan, believing that he was outnumbered, already had planned to attack Richmond from the east instead of the north, via the Peninsula between the James and York rivers.
HM NumberHM25X
Marker NumberC-21
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Department of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 12:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 288098 N 4301622
Decimal Degrees38.83791667, -77.44141667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.275', W 77° 26.485'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 16.50" N, 77° 26' 29.10" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W4295 Machen Rd, Centreville VA 20121, US
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