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Manassas Park, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Conner House
Headquarters and Refuge
 
Conner House Marker Photo, Click for full size
December 3, 2006
1. Conner House Marker
 
Inscription. Built of locally quarried sandstone about 1820 and later expanded, the Conner House was used during the Civil War by the Confederacy and then by the United States. After the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, who with P.G.T. Beauregard had commanded the victorious Southern army, kept his headquarters here until November. From here, Johnston secured his position at Manassas Junction and control of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the tracks of which ran just east of the house. Johnston evacuated the area on March 8-9, 1862, to defend Richmond.

In August 1862, the Conner House changed sides when Col. Lewis B. Pierce, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry, used it for his headquarters and a hospital. On the night of August 26, Pierce lay ill here as Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate force approached from the southwest. Having captured Bristoe Station on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line, Jackson ordered a rare night attack on the great Union supply depot at Manassas Junction. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble led the assault, brushing aside the Pennsylvanians when they opposed him in front
 
Conner House Photo, Click for full size
December 3, 2006
2. Conner House
 
of the house, and captured the depot easily. Within a few days, the Second Battle of Manassas raged nearby.

The Conner House was named for its last private owner, who operated a dairy farm in the first half of the 20th century. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.944′ N, 77° 26.713′ W. Marker is in Manassas Park, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Conner Drive east of Centreville Road (Virginia Route 28). Click for map. Park at New Dominion Alternative School parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8220 Conner Dr, Manassas VA 20111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Bull Run Bridge (here, next to this marker); Manassas 1825 (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Bull Run Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Manassas Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
3. Manassas Markers
Two Civil War Trails markers are found at this location. The Conner House marker is on the right.
 

 
Regarding Conner House. The Conner House is currently in the process of being restored and is not open to the general public.
 
Also see . . .
1. Conner House. National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (.pdf) (Submitted on March 14, 2010.) 

2. Conner House. Pre-restoration photograph. (Submitted on March 14, 2010.) 
 
Conner House Photo, Click for full size
December 3, 2006
4. Conner House
 
 
Close Up View of the Picture of Connor House, July 1862 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
5. Close Up View of the Picture of Connor House, July 1862
 
 
Conner House Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
6. Conner House
 
 
Conner House in 2011 Photo, Click for full size
February 27, 2011
7. Conner House in 2011
Continuing development around the Connor House has altered the setting from earlier photos.
 
 
Sign Beside Connor House Detailing Restoration Efforts Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
8. Sign Beside Connor House Detailing Restoration Efforts
Originally known as Blooms Grove, this antebellum house served as a Field Headquarters for General Joseph Johnston, Confederate States Army, during the Summer of 1861 and later was used as a hospital by both southern and northern troops.

Through the efforts of many people and organizations the Connor House will be restored so that the public can appreciate its historic and architectural value.

By authority of Connor House Historical Society, City of Manassas Park
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2006. This page has been viewed 2,533 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 6, 2006.   3. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on December 6, 2006.   5. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on February 27, 2011.   8. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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