Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
An Oﬃcer’s Error?
—First Battle of Manassas —
Though the 33rd Virginia captured these guns, the battle was far from over. New York infantry were marching up from Sudley Road to counterattack.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.736′ N, 77° 31.233′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) 0.6 miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is one of the waysides along the Henry House Hill trail, which starts at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center. Marker was in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Point Blank Volley (here, next to this marker); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Thomas (about 300 feet away); Final Struggle (about 300 feet away); Defeat and Disarray (about 300 feet away); Turning the Tide (about 400 feet away); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 500 feet away); Henry Hill (about 500 feet away); Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 600 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a depiction of the overrun battery.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named Point-Blank Volley (see nearby markers).
Regarding Point-Blank Volley. “First Bull Run was a first battle—a major engagement after a prolonged period of peace. For some it constitutes a metaphor of the price paid for military unpreparedness.” —John S. Brown, Brigadier General, USA, 2003.
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Artillery Equipment.
2. First Bull Run, An Overview. From the 2004 Battle of First Bull Run by Ted Ballard, Center of Military History, United States Army.
1. Griffin's Guns
The two guns located at this point of the battlefield were a section of Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery, commanded by Captain Charles Griffin. Also known as "The West Point Battery, it was armed with four 10-pdr (2.9-inch) Parrott Rifles and two 12-pounder Field Howitzers. The section consisting of the two 12-pounder Howitzers was advanced to the right end of the Federal line.
Today two 12-pounder Model 1841 Field Howitzers mark the location of this section on the battlefield. The two cannon were both cast by Cyrus Alger, in Boston.
Additional keywords. First Battle of Bull Run. 1st Bull Run. 1st Manassas. Ricketts’ cannon, Rickett's cannon, Ricketts' cannon, Captain J. B. Ricketts, Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery, commanded by Capt. Charles Griffin. Confederate Col. Arthur C. Cummings, 33rd Virginia.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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