Battle of Bristoe Station

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Battle of Bristoe Station
Began:

October 14, 1863

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Prince William County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Bristoe Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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II Corps,
Army of the Potomac

3rd Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia

Commanders

Gouverneur K. Warren
Major General, USA

A.P. Hill
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

540

1,380

  

On October 14, 1863, A.P. Hill’s corps stumbled upon two corps of the retreating Union army at Bristoe Station and attacked without proper reconnaissance. Union soldiers of the II Corps, posted behind the Orange & Alexandria Railroad embankment, mauled two brigades of Henry Heth’s division and captured a battery of artillery. Hill reinforced his line but could make little headway against the determined defenders. After this victory, the Federals continued their withdrawal to Centreville unmolested. Lee’s Bristoe offensive sputtered to a premature halt. After minor skirmishing near Manassas and Centreville, the Confederates retired slowly to Rappahannock River destroying the Orange & Alexandria Railroad as they went. At Bristoe Station, Hill lost standing in the eyes of Lee, who angrily ordered him to bury his dead and say no more about it. (NPS summary)

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