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Historical Marker: Bog Wallow Ambush

The historical marker reads: "BOG WALLOW AMBUSH...On 4 December 1861, fifty-five men of the 3rd New Jersey Infantry, Col. George W. Taylor commanding, set an ambush nearby in retaliation for… ...more

Engraving: Civil War Action Near Fairfax

This engraving appeared in the August 17, 1861 edition of The Illustrated London News. The caption reads: "The Civil War in America: Carolinian pickets flying before the advance of the… ...more

Braddock District in the Civil War

During the Civil War, the area now considered the Braddock District lay between northern and southern strongholds intersected by critical railroad lines. This map shows points of conflict… ...more

Burke Station Historic Marker

The marker reads: "Burke Station. Burke Station was raided in December, 1862, by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. It was from this site, originally the Burke Station Depot, that he sent… ...more

Clara Barton Historic Marker

This historic marker at Ox Road and Fairfax Station Road commemorates the nursing work of Clara Barton. The marker reads, "Clara H. Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross. Here at… ...more

Engraving: Civil War Skirmish In Annandale

This engraving, published in the Illustrated London News on January 18, 1862, depicted a Civil War skirmish in Annandale, Virginia. The caption reads: "The Civil War in America: Advanced… ...more

Bog Wallow Ambush on Braddock Road

Michael Mitchell's "The Bog Wallow Ambuscade" is an in-depth account of the December 4, 1861 ambush by New Jersey infantry of Georgia cavalrymen on Braddock Road. Mitchell draws on… ...more

A Look Back at Braddock

History and memory are intertwined. A Look Back at Braddock District is a local history, the story of a rural region in the heart of Fairfax County, Virginia, transformed over time into a sprawling suburb of Washington, DC. The memories of more than 50 Northern Virginia residents are captured in oral histories. Photographs, documents, maps and artifacts amplify these personal experiences and document growth and change in the area.

Braddock is one of nine magisterial districts in Fairfax County, Virginia. During the twentieth century, housing developments and highways overtook fields and one-lane roads. Educational complexes overgrew three-room schoolhouses, and shopping centers and malls replaced general stores.

Residents of Braddock District shaped the changes in their lives; their memories shape the history of their communities.