Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Battle of Manassas
—July 21, 1861 —
After the battle Portici became a field hospital. Surgeons ministered to the injured of both sides. The wounded filled the plantation outbuildings and covered every floor of the once elegant home.
Among the Federal wounded taken to Portici was artillery Captain James B. Ricketts, wounded in the thigh. His devoted wife Fanny journeyed through the lines to care for her husband. Her diary provides vivid details of the carnage at Portici:
Downstairs there are some forty men in the various stages of death or recovery. Blood runs on the floor, the smell is dreadful but no language can describe it... I was awake all night, the groans of the dying sounding in my ears. No one can dream of the sickening horrors of this place.
Erected 2012 by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.445′ N, 77° 30.383′ Click for map. Located on a park access road to the north (a left turn) off Vandor Lane. It is also north of Interstate 66. 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. Cavalry Clash (a few steps from this marker); Portici (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Turning the Tide (approx. 0.8 miles away); Point Blank Volley (approx. 0.8 miles away); Washington (Louisiana) Artillery Battalion (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (approx. 0.8 miles away); Like a Stonewall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Colonel Thomas (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . . Confederate Headquarters. Old marker that stood at this location. (Submitted on September 2, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.