Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
When Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s forces began to arrive on July 20, Beauregard told him that he believed the main Federal attack would be at Mitchell’s Ford; all Confederate reinforcements were concentrated in this area. Beauregard also planned an offensive movement with the brigades of Gens. Richard E. Ewell, David R. Jones, and James Longstreet making a “swinging-door” attack on the Federal left flank at Centreville and
July 17, 1861. The enemy has assailed my outposts in heavy force. I have fallen back on the line of Bull Run, and will make a stand at Mitchell’s Ford.” – Beauregard to Jefferson Davis.
Erected 2010 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 47.416′ N, 77° 27.499′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Old Centreville Road (Route 616), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at Yorkshire Elementary School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7610 Old Centreville Road, Manassas VA 20111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilmer McLean after the Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wilmer McLean’s Yorkshire McLean Farm (Yorkshire Plantation) (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blackburn’s Ford (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Blackburn’s Ford (approx. one mile away); Battle of Bull Run Bridge (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad (approx. 1.5 miles away); Union Mills Historic Site (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker displays a map of the area of Mitchell's Ford depicting the Bull Run defensive line. The upper right of the marker contains two portraits captioned Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard Courtesy Library of Congress and Gen. M.L. Bonham Courtesy Museum of the Confederacy. The lower left of the marker has a sketch captioned Sherman's Batteries firing on Mitchell's and Blackburn's Fords Sketch by Alfred Waud, Pictoral Battles of the Civil War.
Also see . . . First Bull Run, Situation July 18, 1861. Map of Bull Run defensive line (Submitted on August 29, 2010.)
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