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



—First Battle of Manassas —

Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
1. Counterattack Marker
Inscription. Dead cannoneers lay in rows between their cannon, dead horses along the back slope; the Union guns were immobilized yet still a magnet for both armies. Up this slope marched the 14th Brooklyn, resplendent in Zouave uniforms. They managed to recapture Griffin’s two guns—for a few moments.

From here to Ricketts’ cannon (the start of the walking tour) the fighting fell into a bloody, seesaw pattern: Confederates capturing the line or artillery, Federals driving them off, then reinforcements again charging the guns. Late in the afternoon Confederates finally seized and held Henry Hill.

Union Retreat. The battle was decided on Henry Hill but ended on Chinn Ridge (the rising ground to the left). From here fresh Confederate brigades crossed Sudley Road and overwhelmed the Union right flank. An exhibit there depicts that final assault.

Thirteen months later, these armies fought over the same terrain. Check the park folder for the auto tour of Second Manassas.
Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs
2. Counterattack Marker
Warrenton Turnpike shown on this map is now Lee Highway, U.S. Route 29. Older maps show it as U.S. 211.
This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.719′ N, 77° 31.301′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) 0.6 miles south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is one of the waysides along the Henry House Hill trail, which starts at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center. Marker was in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Defeat and Disarray (here, next to this marker); Final Struggle (here, next to this marker); Point Blank Volley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Thomas (about 500 feet away); Henry Hill (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (about 600 feet away); Artillery Duel
Marker on Manassas Battlefiled image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
3. Marker on Manassas Battlefiled
(about 700 feet away); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 700 feet away); Frank Head (about 700 feet away); 7th Georgia Markers (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Final Struggle (see nearby markers).
Additional keywords. First Battle of Bull Run. 1st Bull Run. 1st Manassas. Ricketts’ cannon, Rickett's cannon, Ricketts' cannon, Captain J. B. Ricketts, Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery, commanded by Capt. Charles Griffin. Confederate Col. Arthur C. Cummings, 33rd Virginia Infantry.
Categories. War, US Civil
Some of Ricketts’ Cannon Near Henry House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
4. Some of Ricketts’ Cannon Near Henry House
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,601 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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