Near Broad Run in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Campaign of Second Manassas
Erected 1928 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number FA-1.)
Location. 38° 49.411′ N, 77° 42.653′ W. Marker is near Broad Run, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of John Marshall Highway (Virginia Route 55) and Beverleys Mill Road, on the right when traveling west on John Marshall Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Broad Run VA 20137, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thoroughfare Gap (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Thoroughfare Gap (here, next to this marker); Chapman's Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare (approx. 1.9 miles away); Antioch Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hopewell Gap (approx. 2.8 miles away); Buckland (approx. 3.6 miles away); Battle of Buckland Mills (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Broad Run.
Related markers. Click here list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Battle of Thoroughfare Gap or Chapman's Mill. (Submitted on October 6, 2006.)
1. One Soldier’s Story
Transcription of text on interpretative sign on photo No. 2
W.H. Andrews of the Georgia Regulars described the fighting that took place at this spot on August 28, 1862:
“The [ridge] ... was covered with trees and bushes so that you could not see any distance ahead ... When within 50 fee of the [quarry] ... the air was so full of lead, I dropped on my hands and knees and crawled ... until I reached the ditch. I then poked my gun over the loose dirt and fired.
“I was near enough to the federal line to have touched bayonets with the man in front of me ... [The Federals were positioned along the far] edge of the ditch in a solid line of battle, while the regulars were every may for himself. We soon routed [them] ... from their position and they tumbled down their side of the mountain; but halted within 50 yards, reformed and came at us again. [They] charged up to the ditch and fired a volley with not a rebel in sight but as soon as their guns were empty a sheet
Taken from “The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap,” an article in Civil War magazine by Noel Harrison.
— Submitted December 2, 2008.
Additional keywords. General James Longstreet, General Robert E. Lee, Thoroughfare Gap, General James Ricketts
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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