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wilmer mc lean is an interesting character in american history. just prior to the battle of bull run confederate general p. g. t. beauregard made mc lean's plantation his headquarters. on july 18 th 1861. some of the first shots of the battle of bull run were fired on wilmer mc lean's house. during the battle mc lean's barn was a confederate field hospital. in 1862 mc lean and his family moved to appomattox courthouse to escape the fighting of the civil war. the war caught up with mc lean in 1865 when general robert e. lee surrendered his army of northern virginia to general u. s. grant in wilmer mc lean' parlor. after the surrender mc lean stated "these armies tore my place on bull run all to pieces, so i just sold out and came here, two hundred miles away, hoping i should never see a soldier again. now, just look around you ! not a fence rail in place, the last guns trampled down all my crops, and lee surrenders in my house." today sadly the site of wilmer mc lean's house has not been preserved and there is only a historic marker in a CVS pharmacy parking lot.
the site of wilmer mc lean's house is at the intersection of VA 28 north and yorkshire lane in manassas park about five miles northeast of downtown manassas.
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