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

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

 
 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 12, 2009
1. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Marker
Inscription. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park is one of Prince William County's most treasured open spaces. This peaceful landscape features over 2.7 miles of walking and equestrian trails. Wildlife abounds in the fields, woods and ponds. Evidence of people who occupied this land remains in the park's road traces, buildings, and cemeteries.

This land endured significant military activity during the Civil War. Soldiers camped here in 1861 and 1862. Federal and Confederate armies clashed here at the Battle of Kettle Run on August 27, 1862 when Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's Confederate forces raided Federal supplies at Manassas Junction. Gen. Joseph Hooker's Federal troops attacked Jackson's rear guard, led by Gen. Richard Ewell, along Kettle Run. Ewell's troops fought Hooker's men then withdrew. On August 28-30, Ewell's forces faced Federal troops again during Second Manassas.

Bury these poor men and let us say no more about it.
In October and November 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee's Confederate army and Maj. Gen. George Meade's Federal forces fought a series of battles known as the Bristoe Campaign. The October 14, 1863 Battle of Bristoe Station was one of these battles. Here, Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Confederate corps stumbled upon Gen. Gouvenor Warren's Federal troops posted at the Orange & Alexandria railroad. The Federals fiercely
Park Map on the Back of the Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 12, 2009
2. Park Map on the Back of the Kiosk
Trails in the park include:
-A.P. Hill's Folly covering the October 14, 1863 Battle of Bristoe Station.
- Kettle Run Loop for the August 27, 1862 Battle of Kettle Run.
- Tragedy in Camp Trail over Confederate Camp Jones where many soldiers died of disease.
defended their position, inflicted heavy Confederate casualties and captured a battery of Confederate artillery. Hill's defeat effectively halted Lee's Bristoe offensive.

In 2000, Centex Homes purchased this land. Two years later, Centex Homes developed New Bristow Village and gave the battlefield parcel to the Civil War Preservation Trust. Prince William County acquired the 133-acre site in 2007. This park demonstrates how developers, residents, preservationists and local governments can work together to save historic resources.
 
Erected 2008 by Prince William County and Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 38° 43.632′ N, 77° 32.644′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the parking area for the Bristoe Station Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Cemeteries (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Craig Swain
3. Cwpt
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a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Road to the Valley (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristow.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Bristoe Station. Civil War Preservation Trust site detailing the battlefield. (Submitted on June 22, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Prince William County Website. Includes links to printable trail guides and battle maps. (Submitted on July 19, 2009.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 12, 2009
4. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Kiosk
Bristoe Station Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 12, 2009
5. Bristoe Station Battlefield
View looking across the center part of the battlefield from stop seven of the walking trail. In the distance, just behind the rusty shed in the center of view, is the old Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Hays' and Webb's Federal Divisions defended that sector. Advancing down the slope, Cooke's North Carolina Brigade advanced toward that sector, dressing on the Brentsville Road (CR 619) to the left of view. After their repulse, Cooke's men fell back to a point northwest of the road, outside the park grounds.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,222 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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