Welcome to the Bristoe Station Campaign Cell Tour! On this tour you will explore various sites associated with the 1863 Bristoe Station Campaign.
By late July 1863, both the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had returned to Central Virginia. After the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, both armies were content to recruit and slowly gather strength. In September Confederate General Robert E. Lee saw 1/3 of his Army transferred to other sections of the Confederacy. In response, reinforcements from Union General George Meade's Army were shipped to Tennessee.
Learning that his opponent was weakened, on October 9, 1863 Lee launched what would ultimatly be the last offensive of the war for the Army of Northern Virginia. Trying to replicate the scattering success of 2nd Manassas, by October 13th Lee's army was concentrating near Warrenton for the culminating battle of the campaign.
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