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Manassas Station Operations

Battle Name: Manassas Station Operations
Other Names: Bristoe Station, Kettle Run, Bull Run Bridge, Union Mills
State: Virginia
Location: Prince William County
Campaign: Northern Virginia Campaign (June-September 1862)
Dates: August 25-27,1862
Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. G.W. Taylor [US]; Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 1,100 total
Description: On the evening of August 26, after passing around Pope’s right flank via Thoroughfare Gap, Jackson’s wing of the army struck the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Bristoe Station and before daybreak August 27 marched to capture and destroy the massive Union supply depot at Manassas Junction. This surprise movement forced Pope into an abrupt retreat from his defensive line along the Rappahannock River. On August 27, Jackson routed a Union brigade near Union Mills (Bull Run Bridge), inflicting several hundred casualties and mortally wounding Union Brig. Gen. G.W. Taylor. Ewell’s Division fought a brisk rearguard action against Hooker’s division at Kettle Run, resulting in about 600 casualties. Ewell held back Union forces until dark. During the night of August 27-28, Jackson marched his divisions north to the First Manassas battlefield, where he took position behind an unfinished railroad grade.
Results: Results: Confederate victory

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