I’ve read someplace that the soldiers didn’t consider the Gettysburg Campaign complete until after one more go around in Virginia. If that is true, then Bristoe Station marked the end of the Gettysburg Campaign, as it were. Looking ahead to that sesquicentennial, Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division has posted schedule of events covering this often overlooked “second round” of campaigning during the late summer and early fall of 1863. Events start in August and culminate on October 14th, the anniversary of the battle of Bristoe Station:
“There Was a Want of Vigilance” – Battle of Bristoe Station Exhibit at the Manassas Museum
August-October, Manassas Museum ($5 admission)
9101 Prince William St, Manassas
Exhibit will feature rare artifacts from the Battle of Bristoe Station. Featured items will include personal effects of A.P. Hill and other leading participants of the battle. Exhibit cosponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and the Manassas Museum.
Contact Manassas Museum for more information at 703-368-1873
Bristoe Station Campaign 150th Symposium
Saturday – Sunday, September 14-15, 2013
$75 per person, Symposium will take place at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Manassas, VA
Join local and national historians on an exciting two day symposium covering Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s last offensive campaign of the Civil War at Bristoe Station. The first day of the symposium offers a full day of lectures and discussions on the actions and battles in the Bristoe Campaign, book signings and lunch. The second day includes a seven hour bus tour of the Bristoe Campaign with a boxed lunch. Contact Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park at 703-366-3049 for more information. For reservations, contact 703-792-4754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristoe Station Campaign Bus Tour
Saturday, October 5, 2013
$85 per person, includes lunch. Reservations required, space is limited
Enjoy a full day with an in-depth tour of the sites and battlefields that made up the Bristoe Campaign. Stops will include: Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, Auburn, Remington and Buckland. Historians will explain how this important campaign impacted soldiers, civilians and its overall impact on the outcome of the Civil War. Participants will have a chance to see little known or visited sites. Contact Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park at 703-366-3049 for more information and reservations.
Battle of Bristoe Station 150th Commemorative Weekend
Saturday – Sunday, October 12-13, 2013
Free, donations encouraged
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station, tours, musical performances, lectures, tours and living history demonstrations and encampments to represent the soldiers and units present at the battle in 1863. Weekend kicks off on Saturday at 10am with a dedication ceremony featuring keynote speaker Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. The Virginia History Mobile will be available on Saturday and a Youth Activity Tent will also be available all weekend. Contact Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park at 703-366-3049 for more information.
Parking located at the Bristow Shopping Center with shuttle bus service to the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station
Monday, October 14, 2013
Walking Tours Free, Car Caravan and Bus Tours have separate fee
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station for exclusive tours of the battlefield. Tours will take place “in time” of the events in 1863, including Prelude to Battle Walking Tour, In the Footsteps of North Carolina walk tour and a Musical Tribute to the fallen at Bristoe Station. Events tentative as scheduled:
9:00am 11am – Car Caravan Tour of Bristoe Station Campaign Sites ($25 fee per vehicle)
Tour Will Begin and end at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park parking lot
11:30am—1:30pm – Bus Tour of exclusive Bristoe Station Battlefield sites off of the Park
($30 per person, reservations recommended, light refreshments provided)
Tour Will Begin and End at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park parking lot
2:30pm – “Their Moment, Our Time” Tours – Tours of the Battle of Bristoe Station at the time of the battle, 150 years later
Tour Will Begin at Program Tent, moderate walking, water available
6:00pm – 6:15pm – Tours End, Musical Tribute and Taps
Contact Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park at 703-366-3049 for tour schedule, reservations and more information.
Parking located at the Bristow Shopping Center with shuttle bus service to the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park