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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On the Skirmish Line

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day Three - August 30, 1862 - 2:30 p.m. —

 
On the Skirmish Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
1. On the Skirmish Line Marker
The marker features a painting by Don Troiani.
Inscription. Thirty minutes before the main assault, Colonel Hiram Berdan's 1st U.S. Sharpshooters clambered over the fence along the Groveton-Sudley Road and dashed into the open pasture. The skilled marksmen kept up a steady fire with their breech-loading Sharps rifles, driving back Confederate skirmishers. Their advance provoked an angry fusillade from Jackson's men behind the railroad bed. The sharpshooters sought cover and became pinned down here along the dry creek bed.

After the war, a veteran of the sharpshooters, George E. Albee, returned to the battlefield to visit the site where he had been wounded. Albee placed a signboard on a tall cedar pole post to denote the location of his company during the attack. Although the "Cedar Pole Marker" has been replaced through the years, the present sign occupies the same spot as the original.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 49.174′ N, 77° 33.072′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Featherbed Lane (County Route 622), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Deep Cut Trail, along the old railroad bed, in Manassas National
On the Skirmish Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
2. On the Skirmish Line Marker
The Cedar Pole marker, titled "The Wisconsin Company", stands beside this marker.
Military 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. The Wisconsin Company (here, next to this marker); Attack at Deep Cut (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveton Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fourth Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rock Fight (approx. 0.2 miles away); 24th New York Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); 13th New York Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Advance of the Sharpshooters image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
3. Advance of the Sharpshooters
The Sharpshooters advanced across the open ground seen here from a few footsteps from Featherbed Lane (the old Groveton-Sudley Road).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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