Clifton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Tears And Love For the Blue—Love and Tears for the Grey”
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.
In 1849, Edward
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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devereux Station (a few steps from this marker); Buckley Store (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Devereux Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Clifton Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clifton Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Wm. E. Beckwith House (about 500 feet away); Clifton Primitive Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Ivakota Farm (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clifton.
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