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

Military Railroad Terminus

Military Railroad Terminus Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 11, 2007
1. Military Railroad Terminus Marker
Inscription. Half a mile west is the terminus of the Centreville Military Railroad, the first railroad in the world constructed exclusively for military purposes. Built by the Confederate army late in 1861 because of impassable roads, it supplied the soldiers in their winter camps at Centreville. Trains from Manassas Junction ran here until March 1862 when Confederate forces withdrew southward.

Nearby on 9 Dec. 1862, Privates Michael OíBrien and Dennis Corcoran of Maj. Chatham R. Wheatís “Louisiana Tigers” were court-martialed for mutiny, executed by a firing squad from their own company, and buried. In 1979 their remains were reinterred at St. Johnís Episcopal Church cemetery in Centreville.
Erected 1996 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-17.)
Location. 38° 49.533′ N, 77° 26.3′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Centreville Road (Virginia Route 28) south of New Braddock Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Old Centreville Road terminates just short of Centreville Road, without intersecting with it. The marker is where the intersection would be and can be seen from either road. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Military Railroad Terminus Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 11, 2007
2. Military Railroad Terminus Marker
Centreville Road is on the left. Old Centreville Road stops short of Centreville Road at the cul-de-sac on the right.
At least 7 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Battle of Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Defenses (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Battle of Manassas (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Fortifications (approx. one mile away); Archaeology at Newgate Tavern (approx. 1.1 miles away); Convicts and Slaves (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
More about this marker. There is parking at the end of Old Centreville Road. To reach it continue south past marker to first right on Old Mill Road, then right on Old Centreville Road. Then turn right in order to stay on Old Centreville road.
Regarding Military Railroad Terminus. The Centreville Military Railroad was a branch line of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The portion of the line between Orange and Manassas, plus this extension to Centreville, was operated by the Confederacy during this time. This branch line was six miles long.
Also see . . .
1. Execution of Two Tigers. Letter written by Second Lieutenant Edward Hewitt on December 12, 1861. It was originally published in a New Orleans newspaper. (Submitted on March 12, 2007.) 

2. Civil War Vignettes. Confederate Firing Squad at Centreville: First Military Executions in the Army
St. Johnís Episcopal Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
3. St. Johnís Episcopal Church Cemetery
. 1980 article by Michael R. Thomas with extensive first-person quotes. Also includes a short coda by the author entitled “Unearthing the Tigerís Graves” regarding the 1979 exhumation and reburial of the two men. (Submitted on March 12, 2007.) 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,495 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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