Harrison House - Spotsylvania Court House VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 12.951 W 077° 36.138
18S E 272177 N 4232966
A family home was caught in the middle of the battle at Spotsylvania Court House and served as temporary Confederate headquarters for Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Waymark Code: WMC2Y1
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 07/18/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
Views: 3

Edgar and Ann Harrison and their two daughters lived on a knoll in a 1½-story house on their 190-acre farm in Spotsylvania County, VA. When the Civil War broke out, Edgar enlisted with the 9th Virginia Cavalry.

In May 1864, when the Union and Confederate armies met and clashed at Spotsylvania Court HouseClick for related waymark to open in new window, the Harrison House was caught in the middle. On May 11, Ann and the kids watched as Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell came to the door and proclaimed the house as Confederate headquarters. Gen. Robert E. Lee pitched his tent in the yard. Edgar Harrison was with his unit defending the Confederate flank only a couple of miles away from his home. He watched in horror when shooting and fighting broke out on his property. Fortunately, his family and their slaves had escaped to a neighbor's house.

Today, only parts of the foundation remain of the house. After the war, it eventually burned down.

Edgar and Ann and their daughters are buried at nearby Christ ChurchClick for related waymark to open in new window in Spotsylvania Courthouse. Their 4 tombstones stand between the church and All Saints Hall.


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