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Fields of Fire | Marker History

Fields of Fire Marker,

On 17 June 1863, early in the Gettysburg Campaign, the Union XII Corps camped just north of here. The men left Fairfax Court House at daybreak, ate breakfast at Hunter’s Mill, and halted by 11 AM because of extreme heat, 99 degrees in the shade. Devastated by sunstroke casualties two days earlier during the grueling 25-mile-long march north, the corps continued to suffer. Brig. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams, the First Division commander, noted on the 17th that “the dry old grass of the fields and woods got on fire, and filled the air with smoke and additional heat.”

Marker Information:
Date Approved by DHR: 06/19/2014
Original Sponsor: Hunter Mill Defense League
Region: Northern Virginia Region
Geographic Location: Fairfax County
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location: Just north of the intersection of Water Falls Lane and Hunter Mill Road (Route 674), on the northwest side of Hunter Mill Road, Fairfax VA
GPS Location: 38.973996,-77.314895
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