“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Turning the Tide

First Battle of Manassas


—July 21, 1861 2:30 p.m. —

Turning the Tide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 26, 2015
1. Turning the Tide Marker
Inscription. The Confederate army had been fighting for time. Efforts to delay the enemy's advance bought that time in blood — essential hours that allowed Southern reinforcements to reach the battlefield. Many regiments marched up from defensive positions downstream. Others had just disembarked from trains at Manassas Junction. All moved rapidly to the front — many by following the growing sound of battle.

The arrival of Confederate reinforcements coincided with the Union advance to Henry Hill. The 33rd Virginia Infantry, deployed here behind the fence line, waited tensely under an enemy bombardment. Soon the Virginians spotted two Union cannon unlimbering on the knoll directly ahead. Yet surprisingly the two guns focused on the Rebel batteries and paid little heed to the Virginians.

More than 16,000 troops, approximately half of the Confederate forces, participated in the fight for Henry Hill. Their timely arrival offset the initial numerical advantage enjoyed by the Federals and helped turn the tide of battle. The rest of Beauregard's army remained in defensive positions guarding the lower fords of Bull Run.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Historic Fence Line near the Turning the Tide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 26, 2015
2. Historic Fence Line near the Turning the Tide Marker
38° 48.765′ N, 77° 31.157′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) half a mile south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located near the Visitor Center, in front of the fence line on the 1.1-mile Henry Hill trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant William P. Mangum (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Thomas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Blank Volley (about 400 feet away); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 500 feet away); Washington (Louisiana) Artillery Battalion (about 500 feet away); Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 600 feet away); Like a Stonewall (about 700 feet away); Henry Hill (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Charge on Griffin’s Guns” (Submitted on October 2, 2015.) 

2. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on October 2, 2015.) 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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