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

Deep Cut

Porter's Attack

 

—Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —

 
Deep Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
1. Deep Cut Marker
Inscription. Before the attack, soldiers massed in the woods behind the present day road - 10,000 men under Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter. This would be the major Union attack of Second Manassas. At 3 p.m., a lieutenant in Berdan's Sharpshooters addressed his troops:
"Now, men, if there are any here who think they are going to have an easy time on this skirmish, change your tune now."


 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 49.151′ N, 77° 32.959′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was on 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 was 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 location. Attack at Deep Cut (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the Skirmish Line (about 600 feet away); The Wisconsin Company (about 600 feet away); 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); Fourth Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Map of the Federal Assault image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
2. Map of the Federal Assault
15th Alabama Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); 24th New York Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rock Fight (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. In the lower left is a map showing the route of Porter's attack. The trail follows in the footsteps of Porter's attacking Federals. As they broke into a charge, continuous sheets of musket fire poured down from the ridge. A few regiments got as far as the embankment; no reinforcements could reach them. From the left, Confederate artillery had begun to rake the field with terrifying precision. Troop location markers along the trail carry survivors' descriptions of the assault.

On the right is a painting depicting this phase of the battle. When the order came, Porter's troops left the protection of the woods and climbed the rail fence. Their objective: the "Deep Cut," where Confederate riflemen stood shoulder to shoulder behind the unfinished railroad grade. In parade formation, the bluecoats began walking up the exposed slope. Almost immediately, puffs of smoke perforated the straight battle lines.


This marker was replaced by a new version,
Start of the Deep Cut Loop Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
3. Start of the Deep Cut Loop Trail
titled "Attack at Deep Cut". See nearby markers.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Restored Fence Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 15, 2009
4. Restored Fence Line
Fences on the other side of Featherbed Lane represent those crossed by the attacking federals.
Federal Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
5. Federal Advance
Looking past the marker toward Deep Cut, on the high ground in the distant center.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 995 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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