Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Taste of Combat
—First Battle of Manassas —
As Union infantry and artillery pushed forward, they could hear the enemy starting to charge upslope. In the distance ahead, near Henry House, Confederate reinforcements were coming into view. The chance for surprise was gone.
Location. 38° 49.476′ N, 77° 31.934′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on 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 in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along the Matthews Hill trail. 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. Vision of Victory (here, next to this marker); Rhode Island Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Blocking the Union Advance (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry 4th Alabama Infantry (about 700 feet away); First Contact (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Artillery Positions (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. A drawing in the upper right of the marker depicts Col. John Slocum, commander of the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, died that day - one of many killed on Matthews Hill. On the lower right is a map showing the Matthews Hill trail, with the caption Fifty yards downslope an exhibit gives the Confederate view of the fighting. By continuing on the 3/4 mile loop trail you can walk the entire Union and Confederate battle lines on Matthews Hill, and read the words of the combatants on troop location markers. Hiking time is approximately 40 minutes.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Matthews Hill Loop Trail
Also see . . . First Manassas. Guided tour of the First Manassas Battlefield from the Army Center (Submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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