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Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Burke's Station

The Christmas Raid

 
 
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By William Barnard, May 1, 2015
1. Burke's Station Marker
Inscription.  After the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, most of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia settled into winter quarters except for Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry, which instead went on the move. Wade Hampton, Fitzhugh Lee, and William H.F. "Rooney" Lee made a "forced reconnaissance" behind Union lines to steal supplies, disrupt communications, and harass the Federals.

Stuart attacked Dumfries and Occoquan on December 27, and then rode with his 1,800 men toward Fairfax Station, a Federal supply depot. After dark the next evening, they arrived here at Burke's Station, where Fitzhugh Lee burned the nearby Orange & Alexandria Railroad bridge over Accotink Creek. They also damaged track and transmitted telegraph messages. Stuart famously wired his own audacious message to Federal Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs complaining that the poor quality of the Union mules hampered him in removing all of the supplies he had captured.

When local physician William Holsapple, investigating a light at the station, stumbled on the raiders, Stuart detained him and made him stand on the tracks until the cavalry
Burke's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Barnard, May 1, 2015
2. Burke's Station Marker
The Christmas Raid
was out of sight. The Confederates rode to Fairfax Courthouse, where Federal infantry fired "a heavy volley" at them, then moved on to Frying Pan and rested. They reached winter quarters near Fredericksburg on January 1, 1863.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 47.624′ N, 77° 16.286′ W. Marker is in Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Burke Lake Road and Burke Road (Virginia Route 652), on the right when traveling east on Old Burke Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9415 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke VA 22015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burke Station (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Burke's Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Copperthite Racetrack (approx. mile away); Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Ice House (approx. half a mile away); The Silas Burke House (approx. half a mile away); Windmill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wood Shed (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burke.
 
More about this marker. Located next to a state historical marker named Burke Station in thee parking lot of the old Burke Station, now a State Farm Insurance office across from the modern Burke Post Office.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Burke's Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Barnard, May 1, 2015
3. Burke's Station Marker
The old Burke Station
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2015, by William Barnard of Fairfax Station, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2015, by William Barnard of Fairfax Station, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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