The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad

The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad (HMSKW)

Location: Centreville, VA 20121 Fairfax County
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N 38° 48.747', W 77° 27.366'

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These are the remains of the Centreville Confederate Military Railroad built in the fall and early winter of 1861 for the purpose of transporting supplies to the field armies of Generals Pierre G. T. Beauregard and Joseph Johnston. The railroad ran approximately six miles, from Manassas Junction, crossing Bull Run, to a point on the Centreville Plateau.

The unusually cold and rainy autumn of 1861 turned roads into impassable quagmires of mud. In order to supply the 40,000 troops who went into winter quarters in Centreville in October, General Johnston decided to build the six mile railroad spur to connect with the railroad lines at Manassas Junction. By the first week of January 1862 a map of the period shows the railroad complete between the Junction and its Centreville terminus.

The Centreville Military Railroad, as it became known, was the first railroad in the world built by the military for expressly military purposes. It was used to keep men and animals supplied and allowed the Confederate army to hold the strong position on the Centreville Heights until it withdrew from the area in March 1862.

The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad is a Fairfax County Historic Site.
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286747 N 4298830
Decimal Degrees38.81245000, -77.45610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.747', W 77° 27.366'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 44.82" N, 77° 27' 21.96" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14654-14710 State Rte 658, Centreville VA 20121, US
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