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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

20th New York State Militia

“Ulster Guard”

 

—Second Battle of Manassas —

 
20th New York State Militia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
1. 20th New York State Militia Marker
On the left side of the marker is a flash used by the regiment.
Inscription.
August 30, 1862
3:15 p.m.

3rd Brigade (Patrick), First Division (Hatch)
Third Corps (McDowell)
Army of Virginia (Pope), USA

20th New York State Militia
(80th New York Volunteers)
"Ulster Guard"

Col. George W. Pratt

"The order was given to advance, and the three lines moved slowly forward, receiving the enemy's musketry and canister. The first and second lines melted away, and I found myself in the first line and under a murderous fire. The right of my line advanced to within a few yards of the railroad embankment behind which the enemy was posted, when, a large portion of officers and men being killed or wounded, the line fell back a few rods, closed up, and advanced again with the same result. For the third time the effort was repeated, but the fire was too heavy and my men had now become too few to give a hope of success."
- Lt. Col. Theodore B. Gates
 
Location. 38° 49.365′ N, 77° 33.105′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Featherbed Lane (County Route 622), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Deep Cut Trail, along the old railroad bed, in Manassas National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
20th New York State Militia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
2. 20th New York State Militia Marker
The railroad bed run behind the marker.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 15th Alabama Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fourth Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 24th New York Infantry (about 700 feet away); The Rock Fight (about 700 feet away); 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveton Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); 13th New York Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Attack at Deep Cut (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  20th New York State Militia. 80th New York Infantry Regiment service history. (Submitted on April 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Advance of the Ulster Guard image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
3. Advance of the Ulster Guard
Looking south from the marker location. The Federals advanced from beyond the present day Featherbed Lane, and attacked through a stand of woods. Today the forest is denser than at the time of the battle, with more undergrowth.
Unfinished Railroad Bed image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
4. Unfinished Railroad Bed
Looking down the unfinished railroad bed just west of the marker location. Confederates defended behind this embankment, preventing the Federals from breaking through.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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