Near Nokesville in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Kettle Run
Ewell's Flawless Retreat
—Second Manassas Campaign —
Learning of Jackson's raid, Union Gen. John Pope sent Gen. Joseph Hooker's division north from Warrenton Junction along the railroad. Marching on an extremely hot afternoon, Hooker's troops encountered Ewell's skirmish line south of the Kettle Run bridge at 2 p.m. As fighting intensified, Col. Henry Forno's brigade (60th Georgia and 6th and 8th Louisiana Infantry) withdrew across the bridge and burned it. They regrouped on the other side with formidable artillery support. Col. Joseph Carr's Union brigade stormed across the stream into a hail of lead and shot which, as one Federal soldier noted, "caused a very unpleasant sensation."
Ewell's division held firm, inflicting heavy casualties along the railroad until Col. Nelson Taylor's famed Excelsior Brigade advanced and gave the Federals superior numbers. About 4 p.m., Ewell commenced an orderly retreat across Broad Run. Fighting as it withdrew, Gen. Jubal A. Early's brigade disengaged last and crossed Broad Run about 6:00, burning the railroad
Erected 2008 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 42.962′ N, 77° 33.666′ W. Marker was near Nokesville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was at the intersection of Nokesville Road (State Highway 28) and Aden Road (County Route 646), on the right when traveling north on Nokesville Road. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Nokesville VA 20181, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this location, measured as the crow flies. Bristoe Station (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station Bristoe Station (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 1.1 miles away).
More about this marker. In the upper center of the marker are portraits of Gens. Jackson, Ewell, and Hooker. On the lower right is a map illustrating the tactical movements described in the text.
1. Kettle Run Marker
The Civil War Trails Marker is missing form this spot. You will only find the Civil War Trails sign but no marker. It has been removed.
— Submitted December 5, 2015, by Jorge A. Torres of Springfield, Virginia.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,222 times since then and 174 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.