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

Cavalry Clash

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day Three - August 30, 1862 - 6 p.m. —

 
Cavalry Clash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2012
1. Cavalry Clash Marker
Inscription. As fighting stalled along Sudley Road, Union and Confederate cavalry partook in the final drama of the battle here on the grounds of Portici. Southern horsemen attempted to dash behind the Union army and cut their escape route. Anticipating this movement, General John Buford deployed his cavalry brigade near Portici to guard Lewis Ford on Bull Run.

The opposing lines crashed together head-on in the nearby fields. Buford's troopers initially surprised and routed the leading Confederate regiment, only to fall back when the balance of General Beverly Robertson's brigade appeared. In danger of being cut off, the outnumbered Federals hastened across Bull Run. The Confederates broke off pursuit short of the Warrenton Turnpike. This closing action of Second Manassas represented the largest cavalry engagement of the war up to that point.
 
Erected 2012 by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.439′ N, 77° 30.374′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Vandor Lane, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on a park access road to the north (a left turn) off Vandor Lane. It
Map of the Cavalry Action image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2012
2. Map of the Cavalry Action
The north seeking arrow points to the bottom of this map.
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. Confederate Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Portici (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Arrival of Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Turning the Tide (approx. 0.8 miles away); 7th Georgia Regiment (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). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  Cavalry Clash. Old marker at this location. (Submitted on September 2, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
General John Buford image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2012
3. General John Buford
General John Buford was one of the few Union officers to emerge from the Second Manassas campaign with an enhanced reputation.
Cavalry Clash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2012
4. Cavalry Clash Marker
Site of the Cavalry Clash image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 1, 2012
5. Site of the Cavalry Clash
Looking from near the site of Portici, to the south. I-66 runs through the treeline in the distance. Between the cell-phone tower and the treeline was a field where the initial cavalry clash occurred. Later phases of the fighting swept across the open fields to the east (left) of this view, moving towards Ball's and Lewis Fords.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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