Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Wood Choppers and Teamsters
In 1863, the U.S. Military Construction Corps built an additional siding here to facilitate the loading of wood onto railroad cars. Wood choppers moved up to 1,000 cords of lumber a month in the Burke area alone. Army teamsters hauled the wood here in mule-drawn wagons. There were as many as 100 wagons in the wagon master’s brigade at Burke’s Station. Many of the wood choppers and teamsters were escaped slaves called “contrabands” who had fled to Alexandria. Because they risked capture and reenslavement by working here outside Union lines, Federal cavalry and infantry camped nearby to protect both the contrabands and the wood stockpiles.
On October 28, 1863, Confederate
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 47.584′ N, 77° 16.343′ W. Marker is in Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Old Burke Lake Road south of Burke Road (Virginia Route 652), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located near the front entrance of the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9501 Old Burke Lake Rd, Burke VA 22015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Burke's Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burke Station (about 400 feet away); Copperthite Racetrack (approx. Ľ mile away); Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Ice House The Silas Burke House (approx. half a mile away); Windmill (approx. half a mile away); Wood Shed (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burke.
Regarding Burke's Station. The marker displays four photos captioned African American Teamster hauling wood in Virginia Courtesy Library of Congress, Aerial photo, 1937, showing original location of railroad through Burke (red line); tracks were moved north ca. 1901Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wood chopper huts on Orange & Alexandria Railroad Courtesy National Archives & Records Administration and Railroad track, including the track at Burke's Station, was periodically destroyed and African Americans were employed to repair the track- Library of Congress. The marker also displays a map of the area indicating the location of the marker with a red You Are Here star.
Categories. • African Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2015. This page has been viewed 757 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 13, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.