Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Bristow, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

During the American Civil War, there were many battles across the northern region of the U.S. state of Virginia. The most famous of those battles were the two that took place north of the town of Manassas. Many of these battlefields were overrun with development, but some of those battlefields were spared. Among them was the Bristoe Station Battlefield in Bristow, Virginia.

No, most school history classes will not teach you about the Battle of Bristoe Station as it was not a famous battle.

Some of you are saying, “With a name like Bristoe Station, that means that the battle was fought around a train station.”

Well, the battle was not fought around a train station. Where does the name come from? It was a stop on the Alexandria and Orange Railroad. The railroad supplied Confederate troops during the battle that took place here, and part of the Battle of…

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