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

Battle of Bristoe Station

Battle of Bristoe Station Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
1. Battle of Bristoe Station Marker
Inscription. In the autumn of 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, with Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill’s III Corps in the lead, pursued Maj. Gen. George G. Meade’s Union army as it withdrew towards Washington. On the afternoon of 14 October, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren’s II Corps, Meade’s rear guard, took a strong defensive position along the railroad embankment to meet an impetuous attack by elements of Hill’s corps from the northwest. The Confederates were repulsed with heavy casualties (about 1300 to Warren’s 548), including the loss of an unsupported battery of five guns about 500 yards north. Warren stealthily withdrew after dark to resume his march to Centreville. About 43 Union and 137 Confederate dead were buried on the field.
Erected 1994 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number G-20.)
Location. 38° 43.679′ N, 77° 32.474′ W. Marker is near Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Bristow Road (Local Route 619) 0.4 miles from Nokesville Road (Virginia Route 28), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is about half a mile northwest of the railroad crossing where Bristoe Station used to be. Marker is in this post office area: Casanova VA 20139, United States of America.
Two Markers on Bristow Road Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
2. Two Markers on Bristow Road
nearby markers.
At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Road to the Valley (here, next to this marker); Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Cemeteries (approx. 0.2 miles away); 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.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Bristoe Station by markers.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Bristoe Station. In addition to describing the battle, this National Park Service web page includes a driving tour of the battle site, all of which is privately owned. (Submitted on December 22, 2006.) 

2. Prince William County’s Forgotten Civil War Battle. Prince William County opened a Heritage Park on the site of the Bristoe Station battle, in what is now called Bristow. (Submitted on October 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Bristoe Station Battlefield. Civil War Preservation Trust page providing resources about the battle and notes regarding preservation efforts. (Submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
The Old Inn at Bristow Crossing Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
3. The Old Inn at Bristow Crossing
Photographer is looking west across the crossing.
The Other Side of the Tracks Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2006
4. The Other Side of the Tracks
Photographer is standing on the crossing looking east.
Heth's Division Attacks Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
5. Heth's Division Attacks
Confederate General Henry Heth's division attacked through an open field, which is now covered by the stand of trees on the right of the photo.
Webb's Division Defensive Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
6. Webb's Division Defensive Line
Federals from Brig. Gen. Alexander S. Webb's division, of Brig. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's II Corps, defended the railroad line here and repulsed Heth's division.
Heth's Repulse Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
7. Heth's Repulse
From a this hill to the north of Bristow, Confederate General A.P. Hill had observed the Federals withdrawing through Bristoe and ordered Heth's division forward to attack. When that division was stopped short of the railroad, many of the men chose to surrender instead of retreating back up this rise. The railroad line runs through the treeline in the distance.
Captured Artillery Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
8. Captured Artillery
After the withdrawal of the remainder of Heth's forces, several Confederate artillery pieces remained in action on the hill to the north of Bristoe. Unsupported by infantry, these guns were captured by a Federal counterattack and five were drug across the field to the railroad.

Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,231 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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