Bristoe Station

Bristoe Station (HM143H)

Location: Bristow, VA 20136 Prince William County
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N 38° 43.568', W 77° 32.709'

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Camp Jones

From August through November of 1861, thousands of Confederate soldiers filled the acres surrounding Bristoe Station. These men belonged to the brigades of Brig. Gens. Henry Whiting and Cadmus Wilcox. This encampment was named Camp Jones after Col. Egbert Jones of the 4th Alabama Infantry, who died from wounds suffered at the First Battle of Manassas. Bristoe served as an ideal location for a large encampment, as it was near a fresh water source and close to the vital Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Camp Jones probably consisted of numerous unit encampments spread out around the Bristoe Station area.

Poor sanitary conditions in the camps led to a massive outbreak of various diseases that resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths. Soldiers died from ailments such as yellow fever, dysentery, typhoid, measles and other contagious diseases. Most of these men were buried in various cemeteries organized by their state of origin.

By November 1861, most of the Confederates had moved from Camp Jones to other areas of Prince William and Fairfax Counties. This area would continue to host several camps from both sides throughout the war, including a large Federal encampment during the winter of 1863-1864.

I find the health of the Reg. terrible. Only about two hundred and thirty fit for duty and many of the sick desperately ill. I fear we shall have a great many deaths before we get through. And accommodations are adverse, worse than on march. I shall do all in my power to relieve these poor fellows? — Col. Willam Dorsey Pender, Camp Jones, Near Manassas, August 27, 1861
HM NumberHM143H
Year Placed2012
Placed ByPrince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278747 N 4289461
Decimal Degrees38.72613333, -77.54515000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.568', W 77° 32.709'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 34.08" N, 77° 32' 42.54" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10549 Bristow Station Dr, Bristow VA 20136, US
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