Confederate suffers loss in Virginia
Confederate fighter A.P. Hill abruptly encountered two columns of Union soldiers at Bristoe Station, Va., and attacked, 150 years ago this week in the Civil War.
The Associated Press, in a dispatch Oct. 11, 1863, cited Union forces as saying they had suspected Hill and his corps were lurking in an area near the Blue Ridge mountains. And indeed it was so.
When fighting erupted at Bristoe Station on Oct. 14, 1863, Union soldiers quickly took defensive positions behind an embankment of Virginia’s Orange & Alexandria railroad. Despite the pounding they received, the Union columns successfully fended off Hill’s assault before withdrawing after fighting ended toward Centreville, Va.
Hill also retreated, tearing up a section of the railroad regularly used by Union forces. But Hill’s defeat at Bristoe Station left a black spot on his reputation and angered Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.