Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Attack From Matthews Hill
—First Battle of Manassas —
Though the smoke and dust, Imboden's men could see outnumbered Confederate infantry starting to fall back from Matthews Hill. The connoneers kept firing at top speed, knowing it would take massive reinforcements to stop the Yankees.
Retreating Confederates fled past Robinson House (the next tour stop) where Wade Hampton's South Carolinians made a desperate stand.
Location. 38° 48.975′ N, 77° 31.402′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Road 234) 0.3 miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is one of the waysides along the Henry House Hill trail, which starts at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center. 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. The Marines of '61 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Cameron (about 500 feet away); The Grave of Our Dear Mother, Judith Henry (about 500 feet away); Invaded Farmland (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Invaded Farmland (about 600 feet away); Wade Hampton (about 600 feet away); Honoring the Dead (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Honoring the Dead (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. One the right side of the marker is a portrait of Capt. John Imboden. Above the portrait is a depiction of the view, with the Stone House indicated, along with a blue arrow showing the path of the Union attack.
Also see . . .
1. John Imboden. At First Manassas Captain Imboden commanded the Staunton Artillery armed with four Model 1841 6-pounder smoothbores. Later in the war, Imboden left the artillery to recruit a unit of partisans. Later promoted to Brigadier General, he fought in the Shenandoah Valley as a cavalry commander through much of the war, but was involved with the Gettysburg Campaign in 1863.
2. Supplemental Report of Captain John Imboden. Captain Imboden wrote this account of the battle. In his report he summarizes actions of his battery:
All my officers behaved throughout with heroic coolness and bravery, and the conduct of the men was that of veterans.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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