Blockading the PotomacOn August 22, 1861, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee issued orders to blockade the Potomac River by building a series of artillery positions that would command the sailing channel. One of these positions was on the grounds of his ancestral home, Leesylvania, also known as Freestone Point. For the next six months, military and political attention focused on the crucial Potomac River passage to the Union capital, Washington, D.C. The Virginia shore presented several prominent bluffs for artillery sites to control river traffic along a six-mile front. The northernmost battery at Freestone Point was used a decoy while more effective batteries were built down river at Possum Point, Cockpit Point and Evansport.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:50am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 304192 N 4273817|
|Decimal Degrees||38.59126667, -77.24826667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 35.476', W 77° 14.896'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 35' 28.56" N, 77° 14' 53.76" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10821-10855 Lee's Woods Historic Trail, Woodbridge VA 22191, US|
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