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Near Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Second Brigade

Second Battle of Manassas

 
 
Second Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
April 22, 2007
1. Second Brigade Marker
Inscription.
August 29, 1862
5:30 p.m.

2nd Brigade (Birney), First Division (Kearny)
Third Corps (Heintzelman),
Army of the Potomac, USA

4th Maine Infantry
Col. Elijah Walker

40th New York Infantry
Col. Thomas W. Egan

101st New York Infantry
Col. Nelson A. Gesner


“We advanced within 30 yards of the enemy, who held a railroad cutting some 15 feet deep with precipitous sides. The men began their work in deadly earnest. After nearly three quarters of an hour firing, our cartridges were nearly exhausted. We resorted to cold steel to drive the enemy out. We sprang forward with a yell, plunged into the cutting, and drove the enemy through the woods.”
- Adjutant Theodore A. Dodge
101st New York
 
Location. 38° 49.971′ N, 77° 32.444′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Featherbed Lane (County Route 622). Click for map. Located on the Unfinished Railroad Loop Trail, along the old railroad bed, in Manassas National Battlefield Park. 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. Gregg’s Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 49th Georgia Infantry
Second Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
February 27, 2011
2. Second Brigade Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1st Massachusetts Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grover’s Attack ▪ Union Bayonet Charge (approx. ¼ mile away); 45th Georgia Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); “The Unfinished Railroad” (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle Report of Col. Elijah Walker, Fourth Maine Infantry. From Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Submitted on February 27, 2011.) 

2. Battle Report of Lieut. Col. Nelson A. Gesner, 101st New York Infantry. From Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Submitted on February 27, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View to the north and the unfinished railroad image. Click for full size.
February 26, 2011
3. View to the north and the unfinished railroad
Some of the ground crossed by Union forces during Kearny's attack. Route 234 to the right and Sudley United Methodist Church visible through distant treeline.
 
 
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