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

Confederate Counterattack

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day Three - August 30, 1862 - 4 p.m. —

 
Confederate Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
1. Confederate Counterattack Marker
The painting on the marker is by artist Don Troiani.
Inscription. Generals Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet both concluded the moment had arrived to launch a massive Confederate offensive at Second Manassas. Longstreet's wing of the army - nearly 30,000 troops - stood primed to sweep forward and sever the Union army's line of retreat. Their goal, ironically, was Henry Hill - the key terrain of the First Battle of Manassas.

Only three Federal brigades - fewer than 5,000 men - stood in their path. Following the bloody repulse at Deep Cut, other Federal troops had shifted north of the turnpike to restore order. This tactical blunder weakened the Union left, against which the Confederates now struck. John Pope's blindness to Longstreet's arrival had led to disaster.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.597′ N, 77° 32.684′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on New York Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. 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. 10th New York Vol. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Very Vortex of Hell"
Confederate Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
2. Confederate Counterattack Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); 5th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Twilight Clash (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brooklyn Fourteenth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Artillery Position (approx. 0.2 miles away); Groveton Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Groveton – Second Battle of Bull Run (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Advance of the Texas Brigade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
3. Advance of the Texas Brigade
Hood's Confederate division, including the famous Texas Brigade, smashed into the 5th New York here and continued forward towards Young's Branch to the east.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 7 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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