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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bacon Race Church

Confederate Occupation

 
 
Bacon Race Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
February 11, 2009
1. Bacon Race Church Marker
Inscription. Confederate Col. Wade Hamptonís South Carolina Legion appropriated Bacon Race Church as a field hospital in mid-August 1861 and named the site “Camp Griffin” for Hamptonís subordinate, Lt. Col. James B. Griffin. The unit broke camp on September 20 to support Confederate batteries along the Potomac River, but left the sick to convalesce; several died. The Legion returned on October 19, and named the new camp for Maj. Matthew C. Butler. Early in December, the Legion went into winter quarters near Occoquan.

During the winter, the church was a storehouse for Hamptonís new brigade, including the Legion, the 14th and 19th Georgia Infantry, the 16th North Carolina Infantry, and Bachmanís “German Battery.” The brigade picketed the lower Occoquan River, a line that extended 12 miles. The 16th North Carolina and 14th Georgia remained near here to support the batteries guarding the crossings at Wolf Run Shoals and Sally-Davis Ford.

Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston evacuated the army from northern Virginia at dawn on March 8, 1862, to confront a new Union campaign against Richmond. In some places, vast quantities of food and supplies were burned because the evacuation order came too suddenly to secure transportation. Hampton only got his orders at 3:30 P.M. on March 7. Maj. Stephen D. Lee reported
Bacon Race Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
February 11, 2009
2. Bacon Race Church Marker
The cemetery is all that is left of the Oak Grove/Bacon Race Baptist Church which dated to the 1770s.
the evacuation of Bacon Race Church: “I succeeded in sending to Manassas, and in transporting to this point with twelve wagons, which were put at my disposal the night before the movement and in return transportation trains to Manassas, all the arms, ammunition, and stores of value. Ö I should also state that a small amount of commissary stores were issued to the poor people in the vicinity by my order, there being no transportation for them.”
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.485′ N, 77° 21.781′ W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Ford Road (Virginia Route 694) and Bacon Race Road, on the left when traveling west on Davis Ford Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Bacon Race Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5213 Davis Ford Road, Woodbridge VA 22192, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bacon Race Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Operations (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Grove - Bacon Race Church
Bacon Race Church Photo, Click for full size
February 11, 2009
3. Bacon Race Church
Photo from Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Park (approx. one mile away); 9/11 Liberty Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Washington ~ Rochambeau Wagon Route (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wolf Run Shoals (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photo captioned, Bacon Race Church. The middle of the marker has two portraits captioned, Gen. Wade Hampton and Gen. Stephen D. Lee. The upper right of the marker has a small map of the area with four stars denoting Civil War sites.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Close-up of Map on Marker Photo, Click for full size
February 11, 2009
4. Close-up of Map on Marker
Stones from foundation of Bacon Race Church Photo, Click for full size
February 11, 2009
5. Stones from foundation of Bacon Race Church
 
 
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