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

Stone Bridge

Strategic Crossings

 
 
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
1. Stone Bridge Marker
Inscription. From the east side of this stream Union cannon fired the first shots of First Manassas at Confederates on the opposite ridge. The attack was a ruse. Though Stone Bridge offered one of the few easy routes across Bull Run, the main Union columns were circling upstream, hoping to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at Sudley Ford.

A year later, at the Second Battle of Manassas, an angry, frustrated Union Army had to retreat back toward Centerville across Stone Bridge. They burned the wooden span behind them.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 49.462′ N, 77° 30.2′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was on Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the east end of the Old Stone Bridge, standing beside the modern Lee Highway (US 29) bridge. This marker is missing and has been replaced by a new marker at the same location, entitled "Strategic Crossing.". 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. Strategic Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Union Retreat
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
2. Stone Bridge Marker
The stone bridge over Bull Run can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
(a few steps from this marker); Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farm Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Van Pelt House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. The marker has a black and white picture of the old bridge site during the war, captioned, Stone Bridge, photographed between battles. Confederates had cut down trees to gain a clear field of fire. In March 1862 the Confederates destroyed the bridge’s middle span when they withdrew to defend Richmond. The bridge had been restored to its postwar appearance.

A painting depicts Union retreat from Second Manassas. The withdrawal began at twilight of the third day, and lasted until midnight. Note the makeshift wooden span. Part of this painting is replicated on the background of the marker, on the left side.
 
Related markers.
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
3. Stone Bridge Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Manassas Battlefield from Stone Bridge to Stone House
 
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Stone Bridge. Offers historical views of the bridge site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Manassas Battlefield Park Web Site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
Stone Bridge From the East Side image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
4. Stone Bridge From the East Side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,865 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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