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Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sudley Springs Ford
July 21, 1861

— First Battle of Manassas —
 
Sudley Springs Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
1. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
 
Inscription. About 9:30 a.m. the Union flanking column, numbering 15,000 strong, began crossing Catharpin Run here and moved southward toward Matthews Hill. Late in the afternoon this ford served as one of the principal avenues of retreat for the defeated Union army.
 
Location. 38° 50.557′ N, 77° 32.265′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Highway 234), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on a walking trail (which is actually the original Sudley Road bed) leading north from the site of the Thornberry House (Field Hospital) in Manassas National Battlefield. Marker is 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 marker. A different marker also named Sudley Springs Ford (a few steps from this marker); Field Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Debt Repaid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Church (approx. ¼ mile away); “The Unfinished Railroad” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gregg’s Brigade (approx. 0.7 miles away); Second Brigade (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Sudley Springs Ford Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
2. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
 
 
Sudley Springs Ford Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
3. Sudley Springs Ford
The area of the ford of Catharpin Run.
 
 
Old Road Bed Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
4. Old Road Bed
The trail follows the road from the ford. Federal troops passed here on their way toward Matthews Hill.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 865 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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