The Battle of Bristoe Station
Located at the corner of Iron Bridge Unit Avenue and Tenth Alabama Way in Bristow, VA.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Photograph by Jim Lewis
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park is one of Prince William County's most treasured open spaces. This peaceful landscape features more than 2.7 miles of walking and equestrian trails. Wildlife abounds in the fields woods and ponds. Evidence of people who occupied this land remains in the park's road traces buildings and cemeteries.
2013 Marks the 150th Anniversary of Bristoe Station
In October 1863, the Confederate Army under General Robert E. Lee returned to Northern Virginia and Prince William County in one of his last offensive campaigns of the Civil War. Lectures, tours and programs will commemorate this historic moment in our county. The Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park is taking part in the statewide Sesquicentennial
Commemoration of the Civil War.
You can also follow the path of the battle on this Bristoe Station Battle Map. You can also view moments in time and follow troop movement during this terrible battle:
Bristoe Campaign October 9 through 15, 1863
Troop positions on October 14, 1863 at 3 p.m.
Troop positions on October 14, 1863 at 3:30 p.m.
Troop positions on October 14, 1863 at 3:45 p.m.
Troop positions on October 14, 1863 at 4:15 p.m.
Visitors are invited to enjoy the A.P. Hill’s Folly self-guided walking trail. Stops along the trail highlight facets of the Oct. 14 1863 Battle of Bristoe Station. For your reference you may print A.P. Hill's Folly Guide page 1 and A.P. Hill's Folly Guide page 2. Printed copies of the trail guide and battle map are also available at the Visitor Information kiosk located at the park. We also offer the Kettle Run Trail Guide to follow the events of the Battle of Kettle Run. This was the first battle at Bristoe Station. It centered around the railroad.
Casualties Beyond the War
Many soldiers died while encamped in this area due to disease and illnesses, particularly during the harsh winters. Local experts have located the cemetery for soldiers from Alabama. The remains of nearly 100 Alabamians are resting in the Alabama Cemetery at Bristoe. Most of these men died during the winter of 1861-1862 while stationed at Camp Jones, located in the Bristoe area. There are many other cemeteries in the Bristoe area from Camp Jones, but the Alabama Cemetery is the only one identified today. Nearly 1,000 men died at Camp Jones.
The Alabama Cemetery has been restored and contains a dedicated monument to the men who are buried here.
Downloadable Podcast NOW AVAILABLE!
We are pleased to offer a downloadable podcast
to guide you and highlight points of interest as you tour Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Our goal is to ensure you have a meaningful and educational experience at this important historic site. Thank you for supporting historic preservation in Prince William County.
Take a Virtual Tour of Bristoe Station Battlefield
Join local historians for new insight into this important battle site of the American Civil War as we take a virtual (video) tour of the battlefield. We also invite you to discover the natural beauty of this hallowed ground.
We are also looking for Civil War and Nature Enthusiasts to help with tours at this beautiful site. If you are interested in joining our team to protect the historic and natural resources of our community, please contact us at 703-366-3049.
Visiting Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA 20136, 703-366-3049.
Park grounds and trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset free of charge. Guided tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the second and fourth weekend of the month from May through October. Special group tours can be arranged by calling 703-366-3049. No restroom concessions or camping facilities are available on site.
Bristoe Station Battlefield is located at the corner of Iron Brigade Unit Avenue and Tenth Alabama Way.
From Interstate 95: Take Rt. 234 North (Exit 152B); travel 7.5 miles and make a left onto Independent Hill Drive. Then make your immediate right onto Rt. 619 (Bristow Road). Travel 7 miles and turn left onto Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The parking lot is located on your left at the traffic circle.
From Interstate 66: Take Rt. 234 South (Exit 44). Travel 4.5 miles and turn right onto Rt. 28 (Nokesville Road). Travel 1.5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 619 (Bristow Road). Travel .25 miles and turn right onto Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The parking lot is located on your left at the traffic circle.
For more information or to schedule a guided tour, call 703-366-3049.
For general information about historic preservation and sites in Prince William County, call 703-792-4754.
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