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Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fair Oaks Station

 
 
Fair Oaks Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Fair Oaks Station Marker
Confederate Commanding General Joseph E. Johnston was wounded near here on May 31, 1862, and was replaced by Gen. Robert E. Lee. Lee remained in command for the duration of the war.
Inscription. This intersection of the Richmond and York River Railroad with the Nine Mile Road became one of Henrico County’s best-known landmarks during the Civil War. Fair Oaks Station lay on the north side of the junction. As part of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate attack at Seven Pines on 31 May 1862, his troops under Brig. Gen. Richard H. Anderson passed here as they assaulted the Union right. On 29 June 1862, an innovative Confederate artillery piece was pushed past the intersection by a locomotive and used during the Battle of Savage’s Station. It consisted of a siege gun mounted on a flatcar behind a shield of rails. This was the first use of railroad artillery in warfare.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 7.)
 
Location. 37° 31.836′ N, 77° 18.797′ W. Marker is in Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on E Nine Mile Road (Virginia Route 33), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Day at Seven Pines (here, next to this marker); McClellan’s First Line (approx. half a mile away); Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. half a mile away); Sandston (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. half a mile away); Seven Pines (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fair Oaks (Seven Pines). Civil War Battles website. (Submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Seven Pines. Detailed information of the Seven Pines battle. (Submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Battle of Seven Pines. This is one of several markers describing the actions of May 31 - June 1, 1862. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,838 times since then and 76 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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