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Coming Soon: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station

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Please make plans to join Prince William County for a variety of lectures, tours and programs to commemorate this event in our local area’s history.  Events are planned for September and October 2013.  Make plans now. Reservations are encouraged!

Confederate Brig. Gen. John R. Cooke’s North Carolinians advanced down this hill toward Union Gen. Gouvernour K. Warren’s II Corps soldiers, hidden behind the railroad embankment during the Battle of Bristoe Station on Oct. 14, 1863. Today, the site is in Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Prince William County, Va

(NEW) Bristoe Station Campaign Mobile Tour

Travel the roads soldiers took during the Bristoe Station battle through the new Bristoe Station Mobile Tour. The 50-mile route connects visitors to images, audio and maps that bring to life the events and stops that were part of this 1863 campaign. The tour includes QR codes at each stop that link visitors to the tour’s mobile web site, complete with images, maps and 90-second narratives.
Stops on the tour include:
1. Warrenton – Old Jail Museum
2. Auburn – Battle of Auburn
3. Greenwich – Armies on the March
4. Bristoe Station – Battle of Bristoe Station
5. Brentsville – Protecting the Wagon Train
6. Buckland – The Buckland Races
7. Remington – Battle of Rappahannock Station
Tour phone number: (703) 334-2544

“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 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, James City, Slate Mills and Griffinsburg.  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.  Schedule included below.
Parking located at the Bristow Shopping Center with shuttle bus service to the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Time Activity
10 a.m. Opening Program, Trail Dedication and Special Presentation

Introductions, The Honorable W.S. Wally Covington III, Brentsville District Supervisor,
Prince William County
Keynote Speech, Dr. James “Bud” Robertson
11 a.m. Music, Carolina Fife and Drum
noon Talk, “Road to Bristoe Station”, Brad Gottfried
12:45 p.m. Music, Gilmore’s Light Ensemble
1:30 p.m. Battle of Bristoe Station Demonstration
3 p.m. Talk, “After Gettysburg, before Grant”, Jeff Hunt
4 p.m. Talk, “Preservation of Bristoe Station Battlefield, a History”, Jim Burgess
4:45 p.m. Music, Gilmore’s Light Ensemble
7 p.m. Special Evening Civil War Musical Performance by Evergreen Shade at

Historic Brentsville Union Church, 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA 20136
Please note ongoing activities throughout the day:
  • Battlefield Tours ongoing on the hour from the program tent (11am-4pm).
  • Living history demonstrations on going in camp areas (see map).
  • Virginia History Mobile 11am-4pm.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time
Activity
11 a.m. Tour, “Against All Odds:  The 27th North Carolina at Bristoe Station”, Bill Backus, Historic Interpreter, Prince William County Historic Preservation
noon Talk, “Colonel Mallon & the Tammany Regiment of New York,” Fred Wexler
1 p.m. Battle of Bristoe Station Demonstration
2 p.m. Music, Carolina Fife and Drum
2:30 p.m. Tour, “With Great Courage and Gallantry:  Mallon’s Brigade Enters the Fight”, Dan Welch, Park Ranger, Gettysburg National Battlefield Park
4 p.m. Program ends
Please note ongoing activities throughout the day:
  • Battlefield Tours ongoing on the hour from the program tent (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • Living history demonstrations on going in camp areas (see map)

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 are as scheduled:
Time Activty
9 - 11 a.m.
Car Caravan Tour of Bristoe Station Campaign Sites ($25 fee per vehicle)

Note:  Tour Will Begin and end at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park parking lot
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Bus Tour of exclusive Bristoe Station Battlefield sites off of the Park ($35 per person, reservations recommended, light refreshments provided)

Note:  Tour Will Begin and End at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park parking lot
3:30 p.m.
“Their Moment, Our Time” Tours – Tours of the Battle of Bristoe Station at the time of the battle, 150 years later.Note:  Tour Will Begin at Program Tent, moderate walking, water available
6 – 6:15 p.m. 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.

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