Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Preparing for Battle
Pope assumed that the incursion at Bristoe was only an annoyance. When he learned of the large number of Confederates occupying the station on the morning of August 27, Pope ordered Maj. Gen. Joe Hooker’s division to move back up the rail line and recapture Bristoe. Hooker’s men experienced a hot and grueling march with many men dropping out due to the extreme conditions. After pushing back Forno’s two regiments at the Kettle Run bridge, Hooker’s lead elements pushed through a stand of woods to your right and arrived at the open field before you at 2:30
(Sidebar): Gen. Ewell had been ordered by Gen. Jackson to remain at Bristow with his three remaining brigades to check any advance from Pope’s army along the railroad, but, if the enemy appeared in heavy force, retire upon the Junction (Manassas), as he did not desire a general engagement at this time. — Brig. Gen. Jubal Early, CSA
Erected 2012 by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 38° 43.281′ N, 77° 32.664′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Iron Brigade Unit Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is located on the 1861-1862 Trail at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
More about this marker. The marker displays (Above left) Federal Army crossing Kettle Run Courtesy of The Library of Congress, (Above) Campbell-Brown map Courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and (Top right) Images of Gen. Ewell and Gen. Hooker Courtesy of The Library of Congress. The two images are captioned Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell and Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker.
The marker also displays a map of the area of the battlefield indicating troop positions and movements.
Also see . . . Manassas Station Operations. (Submitted on September 9, 2012.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2012. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.