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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rhode Island Battery

 

—First Battle of Manassas —

 
Rhode Island Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Rhode Island Battery Marker
Inscription.
July 21, 1861
11:00 a.m.

2nd Brigade (Burnside, Second Division (Hunter)
Army of Northeastern Virginia, USA

Rhode Island Battery
Capt. William H. Reynolds

Six 13-Pounder James Rifled Guns

"'Forward into line of action, front,' came Captain Reynolds' order. I dismounted and ran to my gun, and found that within 20 yards of us were the Rebels, advancing. I thought for a moment our battery was lost, but the 2d Rhode Island Regiment made a fearful charge and gave a most hideous scream, and never will I forget how the Rebel flag looked as it bobbed out of sight under the hill."
-An unknown Union Sergeant
 
Location. 38° 49.492′ N, 77° 31.889′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Road 234) half a mile north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the Matthews Hill trail in Manassas National Battlefield Park. 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. Matthews Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Vision of Victory (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Alabama Infantry
Rhode Island Battery Marker and James Rifled Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Rhode Island Battery Marker and James Rifled Cannon
Five cannon mark the location of the Rhode Island Battery on Matthews Hill. This particular piece was cast for the State of Connecticut in 1862.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (about 500 feet away); Blocking the Union Advance (about 500 feet away); U.S. Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Contact (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  James Rifled Cannon. The James rifles were the product of General Charles T. James' experiments before the war. (Submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Rhode Island Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. The Rhode Island Battery
Five cannon mark the battery's location. Four of these are 13-pounder James Rifled cannon. Two are a 6-pounder smoothbore Model 1861 field gun. Externally both types are similar, with the difference being the bore size, rifling, and the presence of a blade site on the muzzle of the rifles.
The Rhode Islander's View of Henry House Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
4. The Rhode Islander's View of Henry House Hill
Rhode Island Battery Position image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
5. Rhode Island Battery Position
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 907 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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