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Northern Virginia Battlefield Added To Historic Registry

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The Northern Virginia battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln dismissed his commanding general for stubbornly refusing his commands is among eight sites being added to the state's landmarks registry.

The Unison Battlefield Historic District encompasses 8,000 acres in Loudoun and Fauquier counties. It is where Union and Confederate cavalry detachments fought for three days at the in early November, 1862. 

The Union forces were led by General George B. McClellan, who failed to execute a battle plan drawn up by Lincoln that sought to pin down Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Two days after the battle, Lincoln relieved McClellan for his refusal to more aggressively pursue Confederate forces. He was replaced by Major General Ambrose E. Burnside. 

The other landmarks added to the registry include a general store in Fairfax County and a firehouse in Roanoke, Va.

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