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

Groverís Attack ▪ Union Bayonet Charge

Second Battle of Manassas

 

óDay Two, August 29, 1862 ó

 
Groverís Attack ▪ Union Bayonet Charge Marker image. Click for full size.
April 22, 2007
1. Groverís Attack ▪ Union Bayonet Charge Marker
Inscription. Groverís troops waited for the Rebels to fire, then charged up the ten-foot embankment. With no time to reload, Confederates were caught hugging the rear slope. The charging Federals stabbed with bayonets, crushed skulls with musket butts, and broke through the next line of defenders.

Their success was almost suicidal; no one reinforced Groverís advance. As Georgians and South Carolinians rushed to close the gap, the isolated Federals had to fall back over the ground they had won, back through a lethal crossfire. In twenty minutes General Grover lost 487 men – a third of his command.
 
Location. 38° 49.788′ N, 77° 32.609′ 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. 45th Georgia Infantry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1st Massachusetts Infantry (about 400 feet away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (about 500 feet away); 49th Georgia Infantry
Groverís Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
February 27, 2011
2. Groverís Attack Marker
(about 800 feet away); 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Brigade (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Second Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Archerís Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a sketch of Grover's attack. On the bottom center of the marker is a portrait captioned Brig. Gen. Cuvier Grover. His charge was the closest the Federals came to success on the 29th. All afternoon their assaults on the Unfinished Railroad were uncoordinated."
 
Also see . . .  Battle Report of Brig. Gen. Cuvier Grover. From Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. (Submitted on February 27, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Unfinished Railroad Cut image. Click for full size.
February 27, 2011
3. Unfinished Railroad Cut
Groverís Attack marker on the right.
Close-up of Gen. Grover photo on marker image. Click for full size.
February 27, 2011
4. Close-up of Gen. Grover photo on marker
 
 
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