Manassas Park, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Look out for your left, you are turned”
On the morning of July 21, 1861, Alexander was posted here. A Union diversionary attack at the Stone Bridge seven miles northwest required him to keep watch on the Van Pelt signal station. Alexander later wrote that when he looked to the left of that station at about 8:45 A.M., “my eye was caught by a glitter in this narrow band of green. I recognized it at once as the reflection of the morning sun from a brass field-piece. Closer scrutiny soon revealed the glittering of bayonets and musket barrels.” Alexander had spotted a large Union column marching toward Sudley Springs to turn the Confederate left flank. He immediately signaled the Van Pelt station to warn Col. Nathan G. Evans, in command at the Stone Bridge, “Look out
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 45.188′ N, 77° 26.298′ W. Marker is in Manassas Park, Virginia. Marker is on Signal View Drive. Click for map. Marker is located on the east side of Signal Hill Drive across the street from Signal Hill Park. There is a small parking area at the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Signal Hill Monument (here, next to this marker); Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.8 miles away).
1. “the Willcoxon signal station”
From Bull Run Remembers…by Joseph Mills Hanson:
About two and one-half miles east of the [Manassas Junction] station and half a mile west of Bull Run, was the most formidable work of all; an oblong-shaped fort following the crest line of Signal Hill, the highest elevation in the vicinity of Manassas, about 400 feet above sea level. The fort on Signal Hill, still well preserved under heavy forest cover, shows interval embrasures for 16 guns…
At the time of the war the farm on which Signal Hill stands belonged to Mr. Josiah Willcoxon for which reason the hill was formerly sometimes called the “the Willcoxon signal station.”
— Submitted March 8, 2010.
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