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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson Strikes
Brawner Farm: The Battle Begins

Second Battle of Manassas - Day One - August 28, 1862
 
Jackson Strikes Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Jackson Strikes Marker
 
Inscription. Union troops were approaching from the west, raising a long cloud of dust on Warrenton Pike. They did not suspect any Confederate infantry in the area and paid little attention to a lone cavalryman trotting back and forth along this ridge. The horseman was Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Though Maj. Gen. John Pope's army had been hunting Jackson, Jackson had chosen the time and place to fight. He ordered up artillery to the left of the farmhouse and the Confederates started shelling the troops in the road.

Walk the opposing battle lines to see how the fighting developed. Eyewitness accounts on troop location markers describe the point-blank musket fire. (Allow approximately 1 hour for the 1.2 mile loop trail.) For a shorter tour, walk fifty yards ahead where an exhibit gives the Union view of the battle.

Instead of panicking, the Midwesterners turned to meet the attack. The 2nd Wisconsin scrambled into line on the far edge of Brawner's orchard. The 19th Indiana emerged from the woods, where they had first taken cover, and were advancing upslope toward the Stonewall Brigade here at the fence line.
 
Location. 38° 48.837′ N, 77° 33.902′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on
 
Trail Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Trail Map
Note the north seeking arrow points to the bottom of the map.
 
Pageland Lane (County Route 705) 0.7 miles north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the Brawner Farm Loop Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackson Opens Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brigade (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); 19th Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away); A Stand Up Fight (about 300 feet away); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 400 feet away); Shooting Gallery (about 600 feet away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.2 miles away); 26th Georgia Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right is a depiction of the Confederates preparing to fire on advancing Federal formations. In the lower right is a map of the trail, indicating unit locations.
 
Jackson Strikes Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. Jackson Strikes Marker
 
 
Stonewall Brigade's Position Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
4. Stonewall Brigade's Position
The trail leads along a modern path, which is approximately the trace of the fence line used by the Stonewall Brigade.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 987 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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