Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battling for the Rocky Knoll
Second Battle of Manassas
—Day Two - August 29, 1862 —
Stonewall Jackson's defensive line extended nearly two miles - from Sudley Church to the Brawner Farm. Many of his 24,000 troops were posted behind the cuts and fills of the unfinished railroad grade before you. The formidable position enabled Jackson to confront an enemy twice the size of his own command until Longstreet's troops could reach the battlefield.
Throughout the day, the heaviest attacks fell on General Maxcy Gregg's South Carolina brigade, which anchored the left end of the Confederate line. Crowded atop a rocky knoll behind the railroad grade, Gregg's 1,200 men withstood six separate assaults. With his brigade on the brink of collapse, Gregg brandished his grandfather's Revolutionary War sword, waved it around his head, and exhorted, "Let us die here, my men, let us die here!" His words rallied the troops. Although outnumbered, exhausted, and nearly out of ammunition, Gregg's line held.
Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg
The largest threat of the day came at 5 p.m., when General Philip Kearny's Union division assailed Jackson's left flank.
The grave of Lt. Col. Daniel Ledbetter of the 1st (Orr's) South Carolina Rifles, located in Sudley Church cemetery.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Click for map. The marker is in a small turnoff on the left on Sudley Road about 20 yards before Sudley Methodist Church to the north. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5400 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Unfinished Railroad” (a few steps from this marker); Sudley Church (a few steps from this marker); Sudley Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Debt Repaid (about 500 feet away); Field Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Springs Ford (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Sudley Springs Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gregg’s Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
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