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Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863

Bristoe Station

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 13, 2020
1. Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863 Marker
Inscription.  
After the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade settled in central Virginia on either side of the Rapidan River. In an effort to influence the war in the western theatre, both armies sent reinforcements to northern Georgia. Lee detached Lt. Gen. James Longstreet with the majority of his corps west while Meade sent the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps in response.

By October, Lee believed he had to take advantage of Meade's reduced numbers and planned an offensive campaign that he hoped would duplicate his successful Second Manassas campaign in August 1862. On October 9, 1863, Lee ordered his Army of Northern Virginia across the Rapidan River near Orange, VA in a series of flanking maneuvers to earn a victory over the Union Army. Continuously, Meade was able to maneuver quickly enough to escape Lee's trap. Meade's goal was to reach the protection of Centreville heights before Lee could intercept him. After miles of hard marching and fighting battles at James City, Brandy Station, Jeffersonton
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By Devry Becker Jones, June 13, 2020
2. Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863 Marker
and Auburn, the lead elements of Lee's army caught up to Meade here at Bristoe Station. On October 14th the stage was set for Lee's last chance to attack and gain an advantage over the superior Union army before it escaped northward to Centreville. Though unbeknownst to him at the time, this would be Lee's major offensive campaign of the war.
 
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 43.627′ N, 77° 32.64′ 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. Bristoe 1863 Trail (here, next to this marker); Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park (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
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feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Winter Quarter (about 500 feet away); Camp Jones (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
 
 
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 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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