Battle of Manassas Station Operations

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Battle of Manassas Station Operations
Bristoe Station
Kettle Run, Bull Run Bridge

August 25, 1862


August 27, 1862


Prince William County, Virginia


Eastern Theater


Northern Virginia Campaign


Confederate victory

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G.W. Taylor
Brigadier General, USA

Thomas J. Jackson
Major General, CSA


1,100 total (US and CS)

1,100 total (US and CS)


On the evening of August 26, after passing around Pope’s right flank via Thoroughfare Gap, Jackson’s wing of the army struck the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Bristoe Station and before daybreak August 27 marched to capture and destroy the massive Union supply depot at Manassas Junction. This surprise movement forced Pope into an abrupt retreat from his defensive line along the Rappahannock River. On August 27, Jackson routed a Union brigade near Union Mills (Bull Run Bridge), inflicting several hundred casualties and mortally wounding Union Brig. Gen. G.W. Taylor. Ewell’s Division fought a brisk rearguard action against Hooker’s division at Kettle Run, resulting in about 600 casualties. Ewell held back Union forces until dark. During the night of August 27–28, Jackson marched his divisions north to the First Manassas battlefield, where he took position behind an unfinished railroad grade. (NPS summary)