Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three
—August 30, 1862 —
The massive Confederate counterattack appeared unstoppable. General James Longstreet’s wing of the army – upwards of 28,000 troops – steadily pushed east toward Henry Hill. If the Confederates occupied that plateau, ironically the same ground on which the First Battle of Manassas had culminated the previous summer, they could cut off the Federals’ line of retreat and possibly annihilate the Union army.
Finally comprehending the magnitude of the crisis, General John Pope raced to save his command. Pope worked to establish a new defensive position and safeguard his avenue of escape. To gain time for his new line to take shape, the Federal commander ordered additional troops onto Chinn Ridge. Here a handful of Union brigades struggled to slow the Confederate advance and buy that time in blood.
The Chinn Ridge Trail explores the ground on which some of the most sustained combat occurred during the Second Battle of Manassas. An exhibit at the trail’s end addresses the action at First Manassas. The trail is wheelchair accessible.
Location. 38° 48.429′ N, 77° 32.13′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Click for map. Almost directly across from the entrance to the Henry Hill Visitor
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fight at the Fenceline (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Kemper's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); 73rd Ohio Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight at the Fence Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Hazel Plain (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Brigade (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Kemper's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defending the Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. This marker replaces a previous marker entitled "Fight at the Fenceline" that was at this same location.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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