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Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Confederate Cemeteries

 
 
Confederate Cemeteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
1. Confederate Cemeteries Marker
Inscription.  During the late summer of 1861, Confederate troops from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia camped in the vicinity of Bristoe Station. Typhoid, measles, and other contagious diseases quickly swept through these camps decimating many of the regiments. The colonel of the 6th North Carolina wrote that his regiment averaged about one per day in deaths. Each regiment established its own separate burial ground. Military homage was paid by comrades discharging a musketry volley over the grave of the deceased at the interment and this could be heard daily throughout the camping grounds of the entire brigade. The following spring, Union troops passing through the area counted nearly 75 graves in the 10th Alabama cemetery and 128 graves in two enclosures for Mississippi soldiers. With the exception of the 10th Alabama cemetery, more permanently marked with stones after the war by veterans of the unit, the remaining 1861 Confederate burials plus the graves of Southerners killed in the fighting here in August 1862 and October 1863 are mostly unmarked and defy identification.
 
Erected 2003
Confederate Cemeteries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 22, 2007
2. Confederate Cemeteries Marker
by Prince William County Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.635′ N, 77° 32.669′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Alabama Avenue and Iron Brigade Unit, on the left when traveling west on 10th Alabama Avenue. Located in the parking lot for the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Casanova VA 20139, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roads to Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristoe 1861-1862 Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lees Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bristoe 1863 Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee Catches Meade (about 400 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.
 
More about this marker. There is some dispute with other sources regarding the location of the marker. It is reported as located at the intersection of VA 28 and 214. While possible that the marker was moved when the Battlefield Park was established, it is also possible a duplicate exists.
 
Regarding Confederate Cemeteries. This
Area of the 10th Alabama Cemetery image. Click for full size.
December 13, 2008
3. Area of the 10th Alabama Cemetery
At Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park about 350 yards southwest of marker.
marker was moved from its location on Route 28 when the Broad Run Bridge widening project began a year or two ago. It was located on Route 28 northbound directly in front of the just built (year 2000) Manassas Assembly of God Church on New Life Way. Several other of the Bristoe Station markers were moved from the area of the Broad Run bridge at the same time.
 
Also see . . .  Alabama 10th Regiment Civil War Cemetery. From Find A Grave.com (Submitted on December 13, 2008.) 
 
Fieldstone in the area of 10th Alabama Cemetery image. Click for full size.
December 13, 2008
4. Fieldstone in the area of 10th Alabama Cemetery
Reportedly a stone grave marker. image. Click for full size.
December 13, 2008
5. Reportedly a stone grave marker.
Area of Mississippi burial ground. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 9, 2009
6. Area of Mississippi burial ground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,844 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on August 16, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2008.   6. submitted on November 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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