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Rappahannock Station
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 31.913 W 077° 48.557
18S E 255122 N 4268572
Quick Description: The Union army captured a strategic railroad crossing at the Rappahannock River in late 1863.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2011 5:11:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMBY6Y
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Orange & Alexandria Railroad crossing at the Rappahannock River in Fauquier County, Virginia made Rappahannock Station a strategic point sought by both armies throughout the Civil War. On the evening of November 7, 1863, the Union army attacked and overran Confederate Gen. Jubal Early's division who were defending the position. More than 1600 men were captured. It was a humiliating loss for Lee's army and it would be the last time the Confederates would control the upper Rappahannock. Gen. R. E. Lee was forced to move the Army of Northern Virginia to Orange County south of the Rapidan River for the winter, while Gen. G. Meade's Army of the Potomac remained in the surrounding area for winter encampment.

A CWT marker is located at a gas station on Remington Rd. (Rt. 15/29) in Remington. The railroad is to the left and the crossing was to the front of the sign.

Reference:

Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Address:
Remington Rd.
Business Rt. 29
Remington, VA USA
22734


Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Phone Number: Not listed

Driving Directions: Not listed

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