The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle

The Orange And Alexandria Railroad Trestle (HM1XW)

Location: West Springfield, VA 22152 Fairfax County
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N 38° 47.553', W 77° 13.067'

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The original bridge crossing Accotink Creek was built in 1851 as part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. During the Civil War the wooden trestle was an attractive target for Confederate soldiers. In his 28 Dec. 1862 raid on Burke's Station, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart sent twelve men under the command of Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee to burn the trestle. Although termed an "inconsiderable structure" by the Union press, the raid was alarming to many because of its close proximity to Alexandria. The trestle was quickly rebuilt, allowing the Union to continue transporting vital supplies along the line for the remainder of the war.
HM NumberHM1XW
Series This marker is part of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad series, and the Virginia: Fairfax County History Commission series.
Year Placed2003
Placed ByFairfax County History Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307388 N 4296092
Decimal Degrees38.79255000, -77.21778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.553', W 77° 13.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 33.18" N, 77° 13' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1099 Lake Accotink Trail, West Springfield VA 22152, US
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