Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederates in Bristoe
After overwhelming the Federal guards, Col. Thomas Munford’s 2nd Virginia Cavalry and Col. Henry Forno’s famed Louisiana “Tiger” Brigade captured Bristoe Station. Minutes later, the empty Federal freight trains began to return from Warrenton Junction.
The locomotive, aptly named the “President,” plunged over the embankment and lodged in the soft ground below. A third train plowed into the rear of the stalled second train and sent three cars off the track. A fourth train was able to reverse course and escape to Catlett Station with the news of the Confederate presence on the railroad. Pope did not know that Jackson’s entire force of 23,000 Confederate soldiers had gained the rear of his army.
(Sidebar): Up to this time Pope was in absolute ignorance of the dangerous position he was in. Just after we captured the place Bristoe, from some blunder about turning the switch, a train from Pope’s army got by, much to our vexation, as this might put the forces at Manassas Junction and Alexandria on their guard; but in the darkness it seems they did not realize what force we had. Capt. W.W. Blackford, CSA
Erected 2012 by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 38° 43.417′ N, 77° 32.721′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Iron Brigade Unit Ave.. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 800 feet 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); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (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); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
More about this marker. On the left of the marker is a portrait of Col. Thomas Munford Courtesy of Virginia Military Institute. In the center of the marker is a photo captioned Tracks of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, destroyed by Confederates between Bristoe Station and the Rappahannock River. Courtesy of The Library of Congress. On the bottom left of the marker is map of Bristoe Station, 1860.
Also see . . .
1. Bristoe Station , Virginia. CivilWarAlbum.com (Submitted on September 8, 2012.)
2. Davis House. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (.pdf) (Submitted on September 9, 2012.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2012. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.