Thursday, November 5, 2009

Delaplane Virginia's Historic Rail Station

Originally known as Piedmont Station, this small northern Virginia village now called Delaplane once provided rail transportation for the Confederate army's General Jackson's brigade in 1861. The claim to fame for this train station is that it was part of the first large scale use of mass transportation of land troops to a battlefield. Some 10,000 soldiers gathered in freight and cattle cars at the station (photo above) to move quickly to the nearby Manassas battlefield (also called Bull Run.) According to the historical marker this action of mass troop transportation led to victory for the confederate forces at this battle. General Jackson earned his 'Stonewall' nickname at this battle as a result of his defiant stance in opposition to overwhelming forces.

In this immediate area of Virginia you can find the sites of the French Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Preservation of these sites help teach the real history of this area and nation. Know that.