Oatlands-Civil War Comes to Oatlands - Leesburg VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 02.526 W 077° 37.131
18S E 273347 N 4324712
Quick Description: As Confederate forces gathered to protect Leesburg, Elizabeth G. Carter, the widowed mistress of Oatlands, wrote in her journal on October 17, “Our troops falling back on Centerville -Mississippi Regt’s encamped at the Mill – Solders here all daY."
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/21/2020 1:38:27 AM
Waymark Code: WM12VQ4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Civil War arrived in Loudoun County on October 21, 1861, with the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. As Confederate forces gathered to protect Leesburg, Elizabeth Grayson Carter, the widowed mistress of Oatlands, wrote in her journal on October 17, “Our troops falling back on Centerville - Mississippi Regt’s encamped at the Mill – Solders here all day.”

Elizabeth’s son Benjamin served with the 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment, while her son George acted as a courier. On the day of the battle, she wrote, “A day of excitement – Ben came home at night wounded in the little finger. Wonderful escape – Terrible Battle near Leesburg – great victory for us tho’ our loss is great.”

Anticipating another Union attack, Confederate Gen. Nathan “Shanks” Evans withdrew his exhausted troops to Carter’s Mill on Goose Creek and told Mrs. Carter he intended to make Oatlands his headquarters. Before leaving for the safety of her family home in Upperville on October 23, she wrote: “Servants cooked all day for this last detachment of prisoners. 131 prisoners passed. We left Oatlands for Bellefield. Troops collecting in the field beyond the creek. 2 new Regiments and part of the Washington Artillery arrived. General Evans and Staff made Oatlands Headquarters.”

Elizabeth Carter remained at her Upperville residence until her death in 1885. Oatlands served throughout the war as a haven for family, friends, and soldiers, including Eppa Hunton, Norborne Berkeley, Baron Von Massow, and Mosby’s Rangers.
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
Leesburg, VA USA
20175


Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Phone Number: Not listed

Driving Directions: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Post a picture of site showing the signage or other notable feature. Please tell what you saw or learned.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
MapQuest
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Civil War Discovery Trail Sites
Nearest Geocaches
Nearest Benchmarks
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.