Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
In the Footsteps of North Carolina
Bristoe Station 1863
Gen. Hill now had nearly 4,000 North Carolinians moving forward to intercept the retreating Union Fifth Corps. Across the railroad track, to your right, elements of the Union Second Corps under Gen. Warren trudged wearily toward Bristoe Station. Starting at Auburn in the morning, these soldiers had marched and fought all day.
As the advance continued, Cook became of a large Union force on his right along the railroad track. Any further advance toward Broad Run was unthinkable as the Union line would rake the Confederate line. Cooke personally rode to Heth and reported this new force, but he was assured that more of Hill's Corps would arrive in support.
With this unexpected threat, the brigades now wheeled to the right to face the Union Second Corps. With no sign of support from the rest of Hill's Corps, Cooke had little choice but to order his men to shift their advance toward the railroad track and take the Union guns deploying on the hills behind the railroad. In turn, Kirkland followed Cooke's lead and swung his men to support the attack. Walker's Brigade missed the shift and continued to advance over Broad Run.
"A more inspiring scene could not be imagined. The enemy's line of battle boldly moving forward, one part of our own steadily awaiting it and another moving against it at the double quick while the artillery was taking up position at a gallop and going into action."
— Major General Gouverneur K. Warren
Erected by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 43.638′ N, 77° 32.51′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from 10th Alabama Way 0.2 miles from Iron Brigade Unit Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11619 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. Battles at Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker); McIntosh's Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Bristoe Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Road to the Valley (about 300 feet away); Lee Catches Meade (about 400 feet away); "We Have Never Blushed Before" (about 500 feet away); Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863 (about 600 feet away); Bristoe 1863 Trail (about 600 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 59 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.