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

“We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd”

Bristoe Station

 
 
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September 9, 2012
1. “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” Marker
Inscription.  
By 4:30 pm, Ewell saw the approach of Hooker’s two regiments to the north and the withdrawal of the 60th Georgia along the railroad. In the center, Forno’s Louisianans were already slowly pulling back. The arrival of Federal artillery and more infantry indicated that there would soon be more Federals units that the three Confederate brigades could handle. Having received orders from Jackson to withdraw toward Manassas Junction, Ewell abandoned Bristoe Station and withdrew safely across Broad Run.

Hooker’s men did little to press the Confederate retreat. After destroying the railroad bridge behind them, Ewell’s brigades rejoined Jackson at Manassas Junction. Confederate casualties for the day numbered an estimated 176 men with approximately 400 men lost for the Federals.

Federal soldiers took possession of Bristoe Station and celebrated their victory over Jackson’s famed Confederates. Pope arrived on the field in the waning stages of the fight. Ewell’s retreat to Manassas Junction convinced him that Jackson was within his grasp, and he ordered a concentration of his army to “bag” Jackson the following day. Jackson
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would elude Pope’s grasp, but the action here at Bristoe Station successfully diverted Pope’s attention away from the rest of Lee’s army approaching from the west, beyond Thoroughfare Gap. Pope’s orders to his Generals would reflect his uncertainty and his fixation to destroy the famed “Stonewall.” This costly error would result in the disastrous defeat of the Federal army at the battle of Second Manassas on August 28-30.
 
Erected 2012 by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant day of the year for for this entry is August 28.
 
Location. 38° 43.365′ N, 77° 32.59′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. Marker is located on the 1861-1862 Trail at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Fight for a Pine Thicket (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Tigers" of Louisiana (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Day for Excelsior Brigade (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preparing for Battle (about 600 feet away); Confederates in Bristoe
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September 1, 2013
2. “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” Marker
New Location of Marker (moved from location shown in Photo 3).
(about 700 feet away); Battle Along the Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Davis Family Farmstead (approx. 0.2 miles away); "I Expect We Had Better Charge" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays (Top) A scrap heap in Alexandria, composed of the remains of cars and engines destroyed at Bristoe and Manassas during Pope's campaigns in the fall of 1862. Courtesy of The Library of Congress, (Top left) General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A. Courtesy of The Library of Congress, and A sketch showing positions of Second Corps, Army of Northern Va., August 26th to September 2, 1862; embracing engagements at Bristoe Station, Manassas Junction, Groveton or Second Manassas, and Ox Hill or Chantilly, Va. / prepared to accompany report of Lieut. Gen. Thos. J. Jackson by Jed. Hotchkiss, Top. Eng., Jan. 1863. Courtesy of The Library of Congress
 
Regarding “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd”. 1st paragraph has "more Federals units that the three Confederate brigades could handle", which should apparently be "more
“We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” Marker image. Click for full size.
September 9, 2012
3. “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” Marker
Federal units than the three Confederate brigades could handle".
 
Hotchkiss Sketch from the Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Hotchkiss Sketch from the Marker
http://www.loc.gov/item/2005625017
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2012. This page has been viewed 772 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2021. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2012.   2. submitted on September 7, 2013.   3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2012. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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