Inscription. Officers said the Rebels were retreating. Hatch’s Division was ordered to pursue. Marching double-quick west on the turnpike, the Federals reached this hill just after sundown.
By Tom Fuchs, June 11, 2006
|1. Fighting in Twilight Marker|
Suddenly the ridge erupted with fire. In the confusion—screaming horses, showers of earth and shrapnel—soldiers lined up in the wrong regiments.
In the dying light, New York troops saw movement in the dark woods to the left. Voices shouted “Don’t fire on us, boys, we are coming to help you!” The Federals held their fire, but then a terrible volley of bullets smacked into them. Muzzle-flashes revealed gray uniforms among the trees.
(sidebar) Maj. Gen. Irving McDowell said in loud tones, “General Hatch, the enemy is in full retreat. Pursue him rapidly!” At the same time, two miles west, Confederate Maj. Gen. James Longstreeet had ordered Hood’s Division to make a reconnaissance along the turnpike. The two forces collided here. Though darkness prevented any decisive action, the engagement had great significance. Longstreet and the other half of the Confederate Army had arrived on the field.
Location. 38° 48.769′ N, 77° 32.774′ W. Marker is near Manassas
, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Lee Highway - formerly Warrenton Turnpike (U.S. 29) east of Groveton Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. It is in the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Marker is at the 14th Brooklyn Monument. There is a parking lot at this monument. You must show your $3 per person park pass if requested, and you can buy your pass at a honor-system post-mounted box at the parking lot for the Groveton Confederate Cemetery across the highway, or at the visitor’s center on Sudley Road. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
|2. Marker on Manassas Battlefield|
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brooklyn Fourteenth (a few steps from this marker); Federal Artillery Position (within shouting distance of this marker); Groveton Confederate Cemetery (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); Groveton – Second Battle of Bull Run (about 400 feet away); Lucinda Dogan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 5th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Very Vortex of Hell" (approx. 0.2 miles away); 10th New York Vol. Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); 6th Wisconsin Infantry (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .
Battle of Groveton. (Submitted on February 25, 2007.)
By Tom Fuchs, June 11, 2006
|3. Just Before Twilight on the Ridge at Groveton|
|This marker is on the left, next to the cannon. The 14th Brooklyn monument is at the center. This view is west.|
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on February 25, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 25, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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