Camp Pitcher

Camp Pitcher (HMMAO)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 20.386', W 77° 26.24'

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History at Leeland Station

Following its defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac went into winter quarters in Stafford County. Here at Bell-Air (the nearly 400-acre estate of Abraham Primmer, which the Leeland Station community now encompasses), elements of Brigadier General David B. Birney's division laid out its camps, while their commander established his headquarters at the house. In honor of Major William L. Pitcher of the 4th Maine Infantry, who was killed at Fredericksburg, the encampment was named "Camp Pitcher."

Soldiers scavenged livestock, fence rails, crops and lumber from local inhabitants. After four months at this location, the area was stripped clean. In March 1863, Union troops left Bell-Air and moved to new camps near Belle Plain along Potomac Creek.

After the war, Primmer received, $2,752.50 from the federal government as compensation for the damage done to his property. His list of damages included four miles of fence and 160 acres of timber consumed as fuel; 20 cords of fruit trees destroyed; hogs, hay and fodder taken; and boards confiscated for use in the construction of coffins.
Placed ByMaryland Development Company LLC and the homeowners of Leeland Station
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 11:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286984 N 4246325
Decimal Degrees38.33976667, -77.43733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 20.386', W 77° 26.24'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 20' 23.16" N, 77° 26' 14.40" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 166-298 Co Rd 626, Fredericksburg VA 22405, US
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