Especially designed for the newly transplanted, or perhaps for locals rediscovering their roots, this page is dedicated to information relating to the history of our little corner of the Old Dominion.

History

Fort Beauregard

Leesburg, Virginia is rich in colonial and Civil War history (or War Between The States, depending on your perspective).  "Beauregard Estates" is named for Fort Beauregard, which once occupied the heights of this ridge, commanding the approaches to Leesburg from what was the Colonial Road (Rt 15), the Leesburg and Alexandria Turnpike (Rt 7) and the AL&H Railroad.  Fort Beauregard was one of a series of forts, constructed to protect Leesburg from Union advances across the Potomac River.  Leesburg commissioned an excellent report and discussion of the defensive forts, which can be found here.  Our Fort, in turn, was named in honor of Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, "hero of Charleston" and commander of Southern forces in Northern Virginia in early 1861.

General PGT Beauregard

Information on the flamboyant General Beauregard may be found here.

Battle of Ball's Bluff

While Union and Confederate forces frequented the Leesburg area repeatedly during the course of the war, the most significant action in this area was the Battle of Ball's Bluff.  Fought on October 21, 1861 just north and east of Fort Beauregard.  The 8th Virginia Infantry Regiment featured prominantly in the battle, a unit composed of local Loudoun, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Prince William men.  The cross river raid gone wrong ended in a rout of Union forces, and the death of a sitting U.S. Senator.

Battle Map of Ball's Bluff 

More information on the battle may be found here.

 

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Quotable Virginians

"While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable."

- General George Washington (1775)

"Up men!  And to your posts!  And let no man forget today, that you are from Old Virginia!"

- Major General George Edward Pickett at Gettysburg

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles one has overcome while trying to succeed."

- Booker T. Washington

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