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Clifton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sangster’s Station

“Tears And Love For the Blue—Love and Tears for the Grey”

 
 
Sangster’s Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
1. Sangster’s Station Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, the Orange & Alexandria Railroad was strategically important to both the Union and the Confederate armies. Sangster's Station, located 1-3/4 miles to your right where Colchester Road crosses under the railroad tracks, was the site of at least two engagements.

In March 1862, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston abandoned his northern Virginia lines and led his army south to defend Richmond. As the last of his forces neared the Rappahannock River on March 9, Union cavalrymen advancing from Alexandria encountered a Confederate rear guard at Sangster's Station. During the fight, Lt. Henry B. Hidden of the 1st New York (Lincoln) Cavalry was killed leading 14 dragoons in a charge. The Confederates continued to withdraw.

On the evening of December 17, 1863, during a winter lightning storm, Sangster's came under attack for the second and last time. Confederate cavalry of the Laurel Brigade, with local soldiers of the Chinquapin Rangers as guides, captured a Union stockade fort guarding the railroad there. The Confederate raid, which began near Fredericksburg, ended in the Shenandoah Valley. En route, some of the troopers drowned crossing swollen waterways while others had soaked clothing freeze to their saddles as the cold rain turned to snow and sleet.

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In 1849, Edward
Sangster’s Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
2. Sangster’s Station Marker
and Mary Sangster sold part of their land to the Orange & Alexandria Railroad Company. A station house was built nearby, and a post office was opened in March 1852. The county poor farm was located at Sangster's from 1842 to 1911.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 38° 46.856′ N, 77° 23.208′ W. Marker is in Clifton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Virginia Route 645) and Ford Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7145 Main Street, Clifton VA 20124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Devereux Station (a few steps from this marker); Buckley Store (within shouting distance of this marker); “Pink” House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Devereux Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Weaver House (within shouting distance of this marker); Clifton Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Detwiler House (within shouting distance of this marker); Quigg House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clifton.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Sangster’s Station, 1864 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
3. Sangster’s Station, 1864
Close-up of photo on marker
The Cavalry Charge of Lt. Henry B. Hidden<br>by Victor Nelig image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
4. The Cavalry Charge of Lt. Henry B. Hidden
by Victor Nelig
Close-up of image on marker
Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
5. Monument
Monument to the Laurel Brigade’s assault on Co. I, 155th New York Volunteers (Corcoran's Irish Legion). It stood near the Poor Farm at Sangster’s until vandals dismantled it in the 1960s. The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum now holds the white bronze plates on loan.
Close-up of photos on marker
Map image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
6. Map
Civil War-era map of Fairfax County showing Orange & Alexandria Railroad and stations including Sangster's
Close-up of map on marker
Lt. Henry B. Hidden image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
7. Lt. Henry B. Hidden
The Bunnyman Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 14, 2017
8. The Bunnyman Bridge
This underpass through which Colchester Road passes under the Railroad marks the location of Sangster’s Station. The bridge is famous as “The Bunnyman Bridge” because of an urban legend involving a murderous maniac dressed in a bunny costume who is said to have committed several murders there.
Tears and Love for the Blue,<br> Love and Tears for the Grey. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
9. Tears and Love for the Blue,
Love and Tears for the Grey.
-:-
Co. I, 155 N.Y. Vol’s.
Capt. John McAnally,
Commanding,
Engaged
General R.L. Rosser
Confederate Cav.
Dec. 17, 1863.

Bronze plaque in the Fairfax Railroad Museum
“Hot Little Fight” image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
10. “Hot Little Fight”
-:-
Words of
Lieut.
J. H. Daugherty
Co. B. 11th Va. Cav.
-:-
Their Glory Still
Lives While the
Years Roll Away.

Bronze plaque in the Fairfax Railroad Museum
Conduct Good. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
11. Conduct Good.
-:-
Maj. Gen. C. C. Auger,
Union Loss,      
      4 Wounded,
      9 Captured,
8 Died Prisoners of War:
J. Dennison      
J. Humphrey      
A. McCarthy      
Geo. Lawn          
D. Dowd             
Wm. Mathews      
Jas. Sweeney     
N. B. Slimindinger

Bronze plaque in the Fairfax Railroad Museum
Confederate Loss image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
12. Confederate Loss
-:-
Killed.
Capt. M. B. Carmell,
David Va. Meter.
-:-
Co. B. 11th Va. Cav.
-:-
Wounded     
     Unknown.

Bronze plaque in the Fairfax Railroad Museum
The Handshake image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
13. The Handshake
Reconciliation<br>The Sangster's Station Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 7, 2018
14. Reconciliation
The Sangster's Station Monument
“These plates once graced the four sides of a monument commemorating the 1863 Battle of Sangster's Station.

Confederate cavalry of the Laurel Brigade clashed with Co. I of the l55th New York Volunteers ­— known as Corcoran's Irish Legion — on December 17 of that year.

John McAnally, a member of the l55th New York Volunteers and participant in the engagement, initiated an effort in 1903 to recognize units on both sides of the battle. Northern and Southern survivors contributed funds for its construction. The modest marker stood on the grounds of the former Alms House near the site of the clash. It is believed to be the only instance of former enemy combatants collaborating to finance and construct a monument to memorialize their own engagement.

Vandalized in the 1940s, the plates disappeared for many years before being recovered and loaned to the museum. The original statue base disappeared decades ago.

On long term loan from:
Lee Hubbard
John Kincheloe
Lewis Leigh”
Signage at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
(1958 photo by Lee Hubbard)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9, 10, 11. submitted on January 8, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   12, 13, 14. submitted on January 9, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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