Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Twice baptized in blood for Liberty's sake, it will be a place to which in after times pilgrimages will be made by those who reverence the glorious, though suffering, past.
— Chaplain Joseph Hopkins Twichell, November 1, 1863
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park is one of Prince William County's most treasured open spaces. This hallowed ground features three miles of walking and equestrian trails, where wildlife abounds in the fields, woods, and ponds. Traces remain from the people who once occupied this land in the park's road traces, buildings, and cemeteries.
War came to these peaceful fields in 1861, and for four grueling years the ground where you now stand endured significant military activity. Following the Confederate victory at Manassas, elements of the Southern army encamped here over the winter of 1861-'62. During that time hundreds of soldiers died from sickness and disease. A cemetery for the 10th Alabama Regiment, located a short walk down the main rail, remains a silent witness to the suffering of these young volunteers.
The fighting returned in October of 1863 during a series of battles known as the Bristoe Campaign. Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill blindly committed his Confederate Corps to an attack upon Union forces near Bristoe Station. Maj. Gen. Henry Heth's men bore the brunt of this attack, marching on both sides of Bristow Road towards the Orange & Alexandria Railroad embankment that sheltered the Union II Corps. The result was a quick, bloody, and one-sided affair. Hill would lose approximately 1,400 men in this battle that marked the end of Robert E. Lee's last strategic offensive of the American Civil War. To learn more about this tragic battle, take the trail to your left.
In 2000, Centex Homes purchased this land. Two years later, Centex Homes developed New Bristow Village and gave the battlefield parcel to the Civil War Preservation Trust. Prince William County acquired the 140-acre site in 2007. This park demonstrates how developers, residents, preservationists, and local governments can work together to save a vital historic resource.
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad series list.
Location. 38° 43.623′ N, 77° 32.645′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on 10th Alabama Way just south of Iron Brigade Unit Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11639 Iron Brigade Unit Ave, Bristow VA 20136, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863 (a few steps from this marker); Bristoe 1863 Trail (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Cemeteries (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristoe 1861-1862 Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Roads to Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee Catches Meade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Winter Quarter (about 400 feet away); Camp Jones (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.