“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Farm Ford

First Battle of Manassas


—July 21, 1861 - 11 a.m. —

New Farm Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Matthew Holzman
1. New Farm Ford Marker
Inscription. Colonel William T. Sherman spent the morning searching for a location suitable for his brigade to cross Bull Run. He ruled out the Stone Bridge - its narrow span stood too exposed, and rumors circulated that the bridge was mined. Turning his attention upstream, Sherman received unexpected assistance from a reckless Confederate. A Southern officer, possibly Major Roberdeau Wheat rode down from this bluff and stood in the creek taunting Union soldiers. In the process, he revealed a shallow crossing place.

When ordered across Bull Run to join the fighting in progress on Matthews Hill, Sherman chose to use the shallow "farm ford" he had discovered earlier. His troops proceeded single file and met no opposition since the Confederates had departed to intercept the union flanking column. There was no established road to or from the ford, and the steep terrain prevented Sherman's artillery from joining the movement.
Erected 2012 by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 49.675′ N, 77° 30.561′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along the Stone Bridge Trail loop. 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. Opening Shots (approx. 0.3 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Union Retreat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Strategic Crossing (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carter Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pittsylvania (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .  Old Farm Ford Marker. This marker replaced an older version in 2012. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Matthew Holzman of Manassas, Virginia. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 83 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Matthew Holzman of Manassas, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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