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Springfield in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle

 
 
The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2005
1. The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle Marker
Inscription. The original bridge crossing Accotink Creek was built in 1851 as part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. During the Civil War the wooden trestle was an attractive target for Confederate soldiers. In his 28 Dec. 1862 raid on Burke's Station, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart sent twelve men under the command of Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to burn the trestle. Although termed an "inconsiderable structure" by the Union press, the raid was alarming to many because of its close proximity to Alexandria. The trestle was quickly rebuilt, allowing the Union to continue transporting vital supplies along the line for the remainder of the war.
 
Erected 2003 by Fairfax County History Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and the Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 47.553′ N, 77° 13.067′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Accotink Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. It is in Accotink Park in the main parking lot that sits in front of the Accotink Lake dam and the current railroad bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield VA 22151, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Today's Norfolk Southern Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 13, 2005
2. Today's Norfolk Southern Bridge
Taken from the parking lot looking north. The lip of the dam is visible behind and below the marker. Lake Accotink Road—with the yellow curbs—goes under the bridge and turns right.
are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orange and Alexandria RR (here, next to this marker); The Origins of Lake Accotink (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Orange and Alexandria Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ravensworth (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 1.2 miles away); Springfield Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); Keene’s Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
 
Regarding The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle. The current railroad bridge is on a different alignment from the old trestle.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Orange And Alexandria Railroad. (Submitted on January 14, 2006.)
2. Lake Accotink Park. Disscusses the Orange and Alexandria Railroad Trestle and has a photograph of the trestle. (Submitted on December 22, 2005.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,239 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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