ECW Weekender: JEB Stuart’s Christmas Raid

Emerging Civil War

It is easy today to follow in the footsteps of JEB Stuarts cavalry on their 1862 Christmas Raid.  The route is well known and there are several historic markers and Civil War Trail interpretive signs along the way to guide you.

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The first stop should be at the Williams Ordinary in Dumfries (17674 Main St., Dumfries).  The ca. 1760 tavern now serves as the administrative offices of the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division.  Outside the Civil War Trails sign explains the Battle of Dumfries, which was the first of many skirmishes during the Christmas Raid.  Here in Dumfries, the Union supply base was the target of Fitz and Rooney Lee’s cavalry while Wade Hampton’s wing continued northward towards Occoquan.

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