Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Davis Family Farmstead
In 1861, Confederates established Camp Jones in the area. When the Confederates pulled out of the area in the spring of 1862, soldiers destroyed Davis’s store. Later that spring, Federal troops under Brig. Gen. Rufus King tore down his fencing and cut some of his timber for use in their camps. In August 1862, battle raged on his farm. The Davis house was used as a hospital and as a headquarters by the Federals. The Davis family remained here until 1863 when threats of Confederate imprisonment forced the family to flee to Washington. Consequently they were not present at the Battle of Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863.
That battle and a subsequent encampment by Maj. Gen. Samuel Crawford’s Union division in the winter of 1863-64 destroyed not only what was left of the farm but also acres of surrounding timber.
Erected 2013 by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 38° 43.391′ N, 77° 32.42′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Iron Brigade Unit Avenue 0.1 miles west of Bristow Road (Virginia Route 619). Touch for map. Marker is located 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles 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. 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); Road to the Valley (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
More about this marker. The marker displays three maps captioned (Above left) Modern overlay map showing the location of the Davis Farm. and (Left and Above) Hand-drawn maps of the Davis Farmstead. Prince William County Historic Preservation Division
Also see . . . Bristoe Station Battlefield. Prince William County Public Works. (Submitted on September 9, 2013.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2013. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2013. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.