Fairfax County History Commission Historical Roadside Marker

Action at Annandale 

Marker Text: The roadbed for the unfinished Manassas Gap Railroad was located in this immediate area and crossed Indian Run creek in Poe Terrace Park. The stone bridge abutments are still visible. Financial problems caused work to stop on the railroad in 1857, but the roadbed provided a route that both the Federal and Confederate armies used during the Civil War. Where the roadbed crossed Little River Turnpike, approximately 200 Confederate cavalrymen overran a barricade defended by the 45th New York Volunteers on 2 December 1861. The skirmish ended when reinforcing troops from the 32nd New York Regiment joined the fight and the Confederates retreated west toward Centreville.

Date Installed: 2010

Marker Credits: Funded by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the History Commission.

Marker Location: In Annandale, at the intersection of Little River Turnpike (Virginia Route 236) and Hillbrook Drive, on the right when traveling east on Little River Turnpike.

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