Centreville in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad
The unusually cold and rainy autumn of 1861 turned roads into impassable quagmires of mud. In order to supply the 40,000 troops who went into winter quarters in Centreville in October, General Johnston decided to build the six mile railroad spur to connect with the railroad lines at Manassas Junction. By the first week of January 1862 a map of the period shows the railroad complete between the Junction and its Centreville terminus.
The Centreville Military Railroad, as it became known, was the first railroad in the world built by the military for expressly military purposes. It was used to keep men and animals supplied and allowed the Confederate army to hold the strong position on the Centreville Heights until it withdrew from the area in March 1862.
The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad is a Fairfax County Historic Site.
Location. 38° 48.747′ N, 77° 27.366′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blackburn’s Ford (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Blackburn’s Ford (approx. 0.7 miles away); Military Railroad Terminus (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wilmer McLean’s Yorkshire (approx. 1.4 miles away); McLean Farm (Yorkshire Plantation) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wilmer McLean after the Civil War (approx. 1½ miles away); First Battle of Manassas (approx. 1½ miles away); Retreat From Manassas (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centreville.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a sketch captioned An artist's drawing of Manassas Junction.
Also see . . .
1. Centreville Military Railroad. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on May 21, 2011.)
2. The Centreville Military Railroad. CentrevillePatch article by Mike Conway. (Submitted on May 21, 2011.)
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
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