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Near Woodbridge in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bacon Race Church and Cemetery

 
 
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By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
1. Bacon Race Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The first of three churches, variously known as Occoquan Meeting House, Bacon Race Church, and Oak Grove Church, was built on this site c. 1774. Led by Elder David Thomas, it was Prince William County’s first Baptist Church. These churches were Old School or Primitive Baptist, and were originally a branch of the Chopawamsic Church of Stafford County. The dates for the second church are unknown but the last church is believed to have been built c. 1836. Foundation stones mark the location of this church which collapsed on Christmas Eve, 1987. The last Pastor was Elder William M. Smoot (1874 – 1938), an articulate and authoritarian leader. He is buried in the cemetery which also contains the remains of Civil War soldiers including members of Mosby’s Rangers.
 
Erected 2007 by Prince William County Historical Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.499′ N, 77° 21.778′ W. Marker is near Woodbridge, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is at the intersection of Davis Ford Road (Virginia Route 694) and Bacon Race Road, on the left when traveling west on Davis Ford Road. Touch for map.
"Bacon Race Church and Cemetery" and "Military Operations" Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
2. "Bacon Race Church and Cemetery" and "Military Operations" Markers
Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22192, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Operations (here, next to this marker); Bacon Race Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Grove - Bacon Race Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); 9/11 Liberty Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Washington ~ Rochambeau Wagon Route (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wolf Run Shoals (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Additional comments.
1. Members of Mosby's Rangers and other soldiers at Bacon Race Cemetery
CSA Soldiers in Mosby’s Rangers at Bacon Race Cemetery

Pvt. Francis Cofar Davis (July 10, 1842- March 11, 1906), Co. H, 15th Va. Cav. Regt.; Co. B, 43rd Va. Cav. Battn. - Mosby's command, (see photo #6), M382 roll 14

Pvt. George W. Davis (Jun. 1, 1832 - Jul. 16, 1910), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt.; Co. H, 15th Va. Cav. Regt.; Co. H, 43rd Va. Cav. Battn. - Mosby's command, M382 roll 14 as “George Davis”

Other CSA Soldiers at Bacon Race Cemetery
William
"Bacon Race Church and Cemetery" and "Military Operations" Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
3. "Bacon Race Church and Cemetery" and "Military Operations" Markers
Photograph is taken from across Davis Ford Road. The markers and cemetery can be seen in the background.
C. Balch (1836 – January 16, 1908), Company H "Black Horse Cavalry", 4th Virginia Cavalry, Mumford's Brigade, Fitzhugh Lee's Division, Cavalry, M818 roll 2

Sgt. Wilson Davis (January 10, 1832 – January 9, 1902), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt., M38 roll 14

William Maddox (d. August 15, 1889), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt., M382 roll 35

Coleman Milstead (January 6, 1836 – August 1925), Co. B, 49th Regiment Virginia Infantry (see photo #4), M382 roll 38

James Randolph Pearson (September 13, 1841 - May 25, 1918), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt. (see photo #7), M382 roll 43

George T. Pettit (1833 – 1907), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt. (see photo #5). M382 roll 43

Israel Jefferson Pettit (October 9, 1840 – January 4, 1905), Co. B, 49th Va. Inf. Regt., M382 roll 43

The number at the end of each name indicates the National Archives film roll from the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War database.
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    — Submitted March 11, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Colonial EraWar, US Civil
 
Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
4. Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery
Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
5. Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery
Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
6. Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery
Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2007
7. Civil War Soldier's Grave in the Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,814 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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