“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)

“...Like a Stone Wall”


—First Battle of Manassas —

"...Like a Stone Wall" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. "...Like a Stone Wall" Marker
Inscription. On the brow of the hill Brig. Gen. Bernard Bee was desperately trying to rally his men when he caught sight of Thomas J. Jackson with fresh troops here at the edge of the pine thicket.

"Look!" Bee shouted. "There stands Jackson like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!"

The nickname spread rapidly through the Confederate Army and throughout the South. "Stonewall" Jackson was on his way to becoming a legend.

Jackson's Line
You are standing in the center of Stonewall Jackson's line - thirteen pieces of artillery, with infantry on the ground behind the cannon and concealed in the woods. Along the rise left and right of Henry House, Ricketts' and Griffin's Union batteries were starting to duel Jackson's artillery.

Two hundred yards to your left the 33rd Virginia Infantry was preparing the charge that would ignite the day's most violent fighting.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.873′ N, 77° 31.151′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Sudley Road (State Road 234) 0.7 miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker on the Henry House Hill trail,
"...Like a Stone Wall" Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. "...Like a Stone Wall" Wayside
which starts at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center. Marker was 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 location. Like a Stonewall (here, next to this marker); Washington (Louisiana) Artillery Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Farm Road Trace (within shouting distance of this marker); Various Sections of Virginia Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Francis Stebbings Bartow (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 500 feet away); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the lower center of the marker is a map detailing the tactical situation described in the text. On the upper right is a painting of Stonewall Jackson with troops at edge of pine woods.

This marker was replaced by a new one also named Like a Stonewall (see nearby markers).
Categories. War, US Civil
Henry House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. Henry House
Looking across the field from the center of Jackson's line at the Henry House. Ricketts' battery was deployed to the south (left) of the house.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,748 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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