Manassas National Battlefield Park - Manassas, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 38° 48.774 W 077° 31.285
18S E 281076 N 4299034
Quick Description: In the summer of 1861, enthusiastic volunteers in colorful uniforms gathered to fight the first major land battle of the war. Confident that their foes would turn and run, neither side anticipated the smoke, din and death of battle.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2011 4:17:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMBXH8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:


Manassas National Battlefield Park, located north of Manassas, Virginia, preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run which was fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862 (also known as First Manassas and Second Manassas, respectively). The peaceful Virginia countryside bore witness to clashes between the armies of the North (Union) and South (Confederacy), and it was here that Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson acquired his nickname "Stonewall."


The Stone House


Text from a marker located at the Stone House

Battlefield of Bull Run or First Manassas

July 21, 1861
Confederates under General Beauregard defended Federals under General McDowell.
General Jackson given name of “Stonewall” on this field. Generals Bee and Bartow Killed.
Old Stone House used as a hospital.
This marker erected July 21, 1928





The Stone Bridge


From the marker located next to the Stone Bridge:


Stone Bridge
Strategic crossing


From the east side of the stream Union cannon fired the first shots of First Manassas at Confederates on the opposite ridge. The attack was a ruse. Though Stone Bridge offered one of the few easy routes across Bull Run, the main Union columns were circling upstream, hoping to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at Sudley Ford.

A year later, at the Second Battle of Manassas, an angry, frustrated Union Army had to retreat back toward Centreville across the Stone Bridge. They burned the wooden span behind them.


The Henry House


The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Closed on Thanksgiving and December 25.

Entrance Fees
  • $3.00 per person (17 years or older) - good for 3 Days
  • Children under 17 free
  • $20.00 per person - Annual Pass
  • $50.00 - National Park Pass
  • Park accepts cash, check or credit cards.

Park Movie
  • Manassas: End of Innocence
  • Fee $3.00 per person; children under 17 are free.
  • Cash or check only; No credit cards accepted at this time

Phone
Henry Hill Visitors Center
(703) 361-1339

Park Headquarters
(703) 754-1861

Fax
(703) 754-1107

Referances:
The Battle of 2nd Manassas - Saturday, August 30, 1862 - The Stone House
The Stone House
Wikipedia - Manassas National Battlefield Park
Wikipedia - First Battle of Manassas
Wikipedia - Second Manassas
Wikipedia - Stone Bridge (Manassas)
Street address:
6511 Sudley Rd
Manassas, VA USA
20109-2358


County / Borough / Parish: Prince William

Year listed: 1966

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Information Potential, Event

Periods of significance: 1850-1874

Historic function: Defense, Domestic, Funerary, Recreation And Culture

Current function: Domestic, Landscape, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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