Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Prelude to First Manassas
More than 34,000 Confederate soldiers camped on an near this spot during the first months of the Civil War in 1861. Thousands of young men joined local companies throughout the South to fight in what most believed would be a single decisive battle to defend their independence. Those who came here were treated as heroes en route. As the weeks and months crawled by at this once-quiet rural railroad junction, just 27 miles from Washington, the green recruits slowly adjusted to the reality of a soldier’s daily camp life. They filled their letters home with accounts of discomfort and boredom as they eagerly awaited the glory of victory in the great battle still to come.
“About one hour before the brake of day you are interrupted by a loud beating of a base drum which they call revile. You then at once rise & on double quick time drag on your old dust wallowed
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails, and the Virginia, Wartime Manassas Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 38° 44.97′ N, 77° 28.303′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on Prince William Street near Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. At the entrance to the Manassas Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Manassas 1905 - The Great Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Manassas Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 300 feet away); Site of Manassas Junction (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the lower left, the marker has a drawing of camp life, “Once soldiers reached their camps, they had to do their own cooking.” from Frank Leslie’s Weekly, 1863.
The lower center has a drawing of soldiers departing on a train, from Harper’s Weekly, 1861. “[In every town our train arrived] we would find [it] thronged with ladies moving their handkerchiefs, tossing us flowers, and bidding us to be of good cheer and [to] fight like brave fellows.” —Letter, B.C. Cushman, May 16, 1861.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Orange and Alexandria Railroad. A short history of the line. (Submitted on September 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. More on Cooking in the Civil War. (Submitted on September 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,493 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. 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.