Portrait of Robert E. Lee

During the First Battle of Rappahannock Station, Robert E. Lee occupied John Pope’s attention while “Stonewall” Jackson flanked Pope’s army, setting the stage for the Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run. [Wikimedia Commons]

First Battle of Rappahannock Station Facts

August 22–25, 1862

Key facts about the First Battle of Rappahannock Station.

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Also Known As

  • Battle of Waterloo Bridge
  • Battle of White Sulphur Springs
  • Battle of Lee Springs
  • Battle of Freeman’s Ford

Date and Location

  • August 22 – 25, 1862
  • Culpeper County, Virginia
  • Fauquier County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of Virginia

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Combined Casualties

  • 225 (killed, wounded, missing/captured)

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • Robert E. Lee occupied John Pope’s attention while “Stonewall” Jackson flanked Pope’s army and setting the stage for the Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Timeline of the Northern Virginia Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Northern Virginia Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title First Battle of Rappahannock Station Facts
  • Coverage August 22–25, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords First Battle of Rappahannock Station
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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