Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Stand Up Fight
Second Battle of Manassas
—Day One - August 28, 1862 - Nightfall —
"A sheet of flame seemed to go out from each side" as the exchange of deadly volleys continued into the growing darkness. Outnumbered and exposed, the Union line held its ground, returning fire with discipline and great effect. Fence rails gave little protection to the famed "Stonewall Brigade" less than 50 yards in front. Gibbon was pleased with his largely untested Midwestern troops who stood firm under fire.
John Gibbon's "Black Hat" Brigade - named for their distinctive black Hardee hats - first proved their tenacity at Second Manassas. Here they held their ground against an overwhelming force of Stonewall Jackson's battle hardened veterans.
Losses on both sides were frightful. Gibbon's brigade lost 725 out of 1,937 men. The 56th Pennsylvania and 76th New York of Abner Doubleday's brigade lost 236 of about 550 men. The Stonewall Brigade lost 340 of 850
Union Brig. Gen. John Gibbon was reared in North Carolina and had three brothers in the Confederate army.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.783′ N, 77° 33.884′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Pageland Lane (County Route 705) 0.7 miles north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the Brawner Farm Loop Trail, 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. 19th Indiana Infantry (here, next to this marker); Jackson Opens Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Archeology at Brawner Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Strikes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 400 feet away); First Brigade (about 500 feet away); Shooting Gallery (about 500 feet away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . . Dying in Line. The older marker replaced by this new one. (Submitted on August 26, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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