Bristoe Station, VA
October 14, 1863
Bristoe Campaign [October-November 1863]
Maj. Gen. G. K. Warren
Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill
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.
reinforced his line but could make little headway against the determined
After this victory, the Federals continued their
withdrawal to Centreville unmolested.
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.
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