Stafford Winter Camp

My intentions for this post were to dig further into the battle of Cross Keys with some reporting from the New York Times, but the Times somewhat politely put a pop-up ad on my computer screen informing me that I had read too much for free on their website for the month and they had had enough.

My next potential research topic was trying to find out more about the 11th Corps scouts who roamed the Virginia countryside from the Potomac possibly to the Blue Ridge in the winter of 1862/1863. While reading about the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Occoquan (more on the Occoquan raids in a future post), I came across the website of the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites (www.fscws.org). Stafford County, for those unfamiliar with Virginia political boundaries, is the county immediately to the north across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. It was also the site of the winter encampment for at least some of the 11th Corps troops.

I am, quite frankly, impressed by the work this group has done in cooperation with the Virginia Army National Guard and other organizations to preserve over 41 acres of land that contains what I consider to be significant Civil War archeological finds. While not a battlefield, the site contains such things as the remains of a corduroy road and battery fortifications.

I encourage readers to check out the Friends’ website and the incredible work that has been done and still needs to be done to not only preserve this land but to make it accessible to more people (especially those of us with an 11th Corps interest).

So, this post is a short one as I would merely be repeating what the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites have already put on their website. Next post – Fremont makes his way to Cross Keys and, it seems, “victory”.

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2 Responses to Stafford Winter Camp

  1. Todd Heller says:

    I had the honor of stomping many of those 41 acres with the organizations Executive Director Ret. Lt. Col. Glenn Trimmer in April of 2010 as the land was being staked out. I saw firsthand the old road, breastworks, firepits and fortifications. A great collaboration with the Virginia National Guard. Im looking forward to seeing the completed Phase I work this Spring.

    • 11thcorps says:

      Thanks for your comment. I think the collaboration with the Guard is an important part of this story. The corduroy road remains are what I find most intriguing, but the whole site seems incredible. Makes one wonder what other remains survive on undeveloped land throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, etc…

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