Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. I’ll be out on the field there later today, taking the scheduled tours timed to the actions a century and a half ago. Somewhat overcast day with a good chance for more rain. However, my track record thus far for sesquicentennial events is good when it comes to rain. Just in case, here’s a photo taken of the field in better weather:
Since my relocation to Northern Virginia, Bristoe Station has “grown up” a bit. That is in large part due to the Civil War Trust and Prince William County. Both organizations have purchased lands in front of development to ensure a good portion of this field (and that of Kettle Run) were set aside.
From McIntosh’s Hill:
Kirkland’s Brigade advanced through open fields that are today a pine thicket:
Area where 26th North Carolina reached the railroad:
I spent part of the day on my own walking the trails (well interpreted trails, I would add). Later, my friend Todd Berkoff gave me a very good overview of the battle. Then, because I wanted to soak it all up, I attended the real time programs offered by the park (during which I took most of the photos above).
If you have not toured Bristoe Station, then you should consider making it a stop. Add in the new mobile tour and make a day of it!