november 13th, 2017

Skirmish at Arlington Mill

Neighborhood Center: Arlington Mill

Unveiling Sign Ceremony

Last Saturday, November 11 was the unveiling of the Civil War Trails Sign, "Skirmish at Arlington Mill" in the plaza of  Arlington Mill. There was a presentation of the colors by members of the Army of the Potomac History Society with remarks by Arlington County Board Member, John Vihstadt and Peter Vaselopulos who was the Keynote Speaker. There was a fair turnout which included Arlington County Board Member Christian Dorsey . John Vihstadt and State Delegate Alfonso Lopez unveiled the Sign. After the ceremony there was a meet and greet and later an Arlington Mills Skirmish video was presented in the community center. click for text from sign


Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Potomac Living History Society
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Skirmish at Arlington Mill

Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
John Vihstadt

Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
Alfonso Lopez

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Peter Vaselopulos

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
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Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
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Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque
Potomac Living History Society

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
Christian Dorsey
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
skrimish
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
skirmish
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque

Skirmish at Arlington Mill-Unveiling Plaque
Skirmish at Arlington Mill- Unveiling Plaque

Text from Sign:

Skirmish at Arlington Mill

On the night of June 1, 1861, a scouting party of Virginia militia attacked US troops at Arlington Mill, which stood across the street. Co. E  1st. Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment was on picket duty at the mill guarding the Columbia Turnpike and the Alexandria, Loudoun Hampshire Railroad. In a nearby house Co.

G of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (1st New York Fire Zouaves prepared to relieve the Michigan company. At   about11:00 pm the Virginians fired at the pickets. Killing one and wounding another,


The "Skirmish at Arlington Mills " as the New York times called it, was amoung the first military engagements of the Civil War. It occurred a week after the vote on May 23, 1861 ratifing the secession of  Virginia from the United States. The next day President Abraham Lincoln ordered the Union forces to cross the Potomac River and occupy Arlington Heights. The fight helped show that Washington was vulnerable to Confederate attacks and its defenses needed to be strengthened
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