Rappahannock Station

Rappahannock Station (HM10F)

Location: Remington, VA 22734 Fauquier County
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N 38° 31.899', W 77° 48.567'

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A Rare Night Attack on the River

— Mosby's Confederacy —

The hamlet of Mill View, present-day Remington, became known as Rappahannock Station to the Civil War armies which campaigned in this area. Here the vital Orange & Alexandria railroad (to your left) crossed the Rappahannock River just behind the low hills you are facing, near a grist mill. This stretch of the Rappahannock frequently was used as a strategic line of defense by the opposing armies.

The most significant action here occurred Nov. 7, 1863, when Gen. George Meade's Union Army of the Potomac launched a rare nightattack resulting in a stunning tactical victory and the capture of more than 1,600 troops of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Only 400 Confederates escaped the disaster, many by swimming the frigid waters of the Rappahannock. Lee's staff officer, Walter H. Taylor, summarized the affair at Rappahannock Station as "the saddest chapter in the history of this army." Little did he know at the time that this would be the Army of Northern Virginia's last defense of the upper Rappahannock River for the remainder of the war. Federal forces established major camps near the river and the railroad.

On Nov. 23, 1863, repairs on the 572-foot-long bridge were completed and the O&A Railroad was again inservice. Two days later, Col. John S. Mosby told Gen. J.E.B. Stuart that the railway guards now stood in sight of each other and attacks on that line were not advisable. In the same memo Mosby reported that since Nov. 5, his men had stolen more than 100 horses and mules, six wagons and captured 75 Yanks, all without losing a man.
HM NumberHM10F
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 6:14pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 255106 N 4268547
Decimal Degrees38.53165000, -77.80945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 31.899', W 77° 48.567'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 31' 53.94" N, 77° 48' 34.02" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4800 US-29 BUS, Remington VA 22734, US
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