Gen. Richard Ewell Home Recognized

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Historical Marker Text
STONY LONESOME FARM
(BELLEVILLE)
Childhood Home of General Richard S. Ewell


Nearby is the site of Stony Lonesome, childhood home of one of the Confederacy’s most distinguished generals. Richard S. Ewell left this farm in 1836 to enter West Point. Graduating in 1840, Lieutenant Ewell served with the 1st U.S. Dragoons on the western frontier and fought with distinction during the Mexican War. When the Civil War began, Ewell joined the Confederacy and was commissioned a Colonel.

Slightly wounded in action at Fairfax Courthouse on June 1, 1861, Ewell won promotion to Brigadier General before First Manassas. “Old Baldy,” as he became known, commanded a division under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, Seven Days, and Second Manassas campaigns until severely wounded on August 28, 1862, necessitating amputation of his left leg.

Promoted to Lieutenant General after Jackson’s death in May 1863, Ewell commanded the Army of Northern Virginia II Corps at Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. His capture at Sailor’s Creek in
April 1865 ended his military service. After the war, Ewell retired to his wife’s Tennessee farm, dying there in 1872.


Stony Lonesome Farm Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Greenwich Presbyterian Church
(Adjacent to the Civil War Trails Marker)
Opening Remarks Dennis Van Derlaske, Chair
PWC Historical Commission
Posting of the Colors Fairfax Rifles, Company D,
17th Virginia Infantry
Pledge of Allegiance
Overview, Acknowledgements,
General Ewell at First Manassas
Jim Burgess,
PWC Historical Commission
Overview of PWC Civil War History, Civil
War 150th, Gen. Ewell at Second Manassas
Mark Trbovich, President,
PWC Historic Preservation Foundation
Keynote Address—Richard S. Ewell: Prince
William County’s Forgotten Son
Donald C. Pfanz, NPS Historian,
Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania NMP and
author of “Richard S. Ewell: A Soldier’s Life”
Unveiling of the Stony Lonesome Marker
Retirement of the Colors Fairfax Rifles, Company D,
17th Virginia Infantry
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Am truly sorry  I did not receive word of this event until after the fact,but the fault is mine for being out of town for grandbabies’ birth!
Thanks for catching me up

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