“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Brooke in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Aquia Landing

The Railroad

Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 28, 2007
1. Aquia Landing Marker
Inscription. The straight, level road you used to get here was once the bed of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. As its name implies, the railroad ran from Richmond, through Fredericksburg, to the Potomac River, ending here at Aquia landing. Passengers wishing to continue north boarded a waiting steamship here that carried them up the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., 55 miles away.

Because of its location on the Potomac River and its proximity to Fredericksburg, Aquia Landing was destined to play an important role in the Civil War. It was the site of one of the warís earliest military engagements and became a major supply base for the Army of the Potomac in three separate campaigns.

To learn more about the 1861 military engagement at Aquia Landing, follow the trail to your right up the hill to the redoubt overlooking the landing. For more information about Aquia Landingís role as a supply base, walk down the road on your left, go through the park entrance gate, and continue one-half mile to the sign located at the end of the point.

Sidebar under the left picture: Aquia Landing was the Army of the Potomacís base of supply from November 1862 through June 1863. Supplies unloaded at the landing were sent by rail to Brooke Station, Falmouth Station and other points closer to the front. Confederates
Aquia Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 28, 2007
2. Aquia Landing Marker
The redoubt is located within the Patawomeck Band Memorial Park. Note, local parking is limited to one parking spot.
tore up the tracks in 1863. The Union army shifted its supply base to Belle Plains the following year.

Sidebar under the right picture: Locomotives carried men and supplies from Aquia Landing to the front and brought wounded soldiers to the rear. The Genl. Haupt, pictured here, was named in honor of Herman Haupt, who supervised construction and transportation of the Unionís military railroads.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 22.936′ N, 77° 19.251′ W. Marker is near Brooke, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Brooke Road (County Route 608), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2846 Brooke Rd, Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mason's Homestead (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Aquia Landing (about 400 feet away); Battle of Aquia Landing (about 500 feet away); Patawomeck Tribe Village
Aquia Landing image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 28, 2007
3. Aquia Landing
Aquia Landing is now a county park. Directly across the street from the Aquia Landing sign, near the tree, you can see the telltale post of what was once an historical marker. I believe this missing marker was Aquia Landing (J-92).
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Escape Route (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gateway to Freedom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Steamships, Stages and Slave Trade (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooke.
Also see . . .  Action at Acquia (sic) Creek - June 1, 1861. In the eyes of the press, Union flotillas were more successful than history records. (Submitted on August 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Medicine Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, March 4, 2007
4. Medicine Wheel
Directly above the interpretive marker, on the top of the ridge, is a Medicine Wheel.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,902 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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