Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederates in Bristoe
After overwhelming the Federal guards, Col. Thomas Munford’s 2nd Virginia Cavalry and Col. Henry Forno’s famed Louisiana “Tiger” Brigade captured Bristoe Station. Minutes later, the empty Federal freight trains began to return from Warrenton
The locomotive, aptly named the “President,” plunged over the embankment and lodged in the soft ground below. A third train plowed into the rear of the stalled second train and sent three cars off the track. A fourth train was able to reverse course and escape to Catlett Station with the news of the Confederate presence on the railroad. Pope did not know that Jackson’s entire force of 23,000 Confederate soldiers had gained the rear of his army.
(Sidebar): Up to this time Pope was in absolute ignorance of the dangerous position he was in. Just after we captured the place Bristoe, from some blunder about turning the switch, a train from Pope’s army got by, much to our vexation, as this might put the forces at Manassas Junction and Alexandria on their guard; but in the darkness it seems they did not realize what force we had. Capt. W.W. Blackford, CSA
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 historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 38° 43.417′ N, 77° 32.721′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince 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. “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cemeteries (about 800 feet away); Here Lie Men from the State of Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "Tigers" of Louisiana (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preparing for Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fight for a Pine Thicket (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
More about this marker. On the left of the marker is a portrait of Col. Thomas Munford Courtesy of Virginia Military Institute. In the center of the marker is a photo captioned Tracks of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, destroyed by Confederates between Bristoe Station and the Rappahannock River. Courtesy of The Library of Congress. On the bottom left of the marker is map of Bristoe Station, 1860.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2012. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.