Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Battle of Manassas
—July 21, 1861 —
Few had anticipated the devastation and ruin war would bring. Inexperienced soldiers on both sides had predicted a swift victory. Civilian spectators journeyed out to watch the battle from distant hills. The First Battle of Manassas challenged their naive expectations of war and exposed the sobering reality of the struggle ahead.
The self-guided Henry Hill Loop Trail (1.1 mile) connects the opposing battle lines and shares the story of two local families caught in the crossfire of war. Despite some changes to vegetation patterns, the landscape retains much of its wartime character.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.808′ N, 77° 31.292′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) Click for map. Marker is located behind the Visitor Center, along the 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. Artillery Duel (within shouting distance of this marker); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 7th Georgia Markers (about 300 feet away); Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 300 feet away); Colonel Thomas (about 400 feet away); Brigadier General Francis Stebbings Bartow (about 400 feet away); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (about 400 feet away); Lieutenant Ramsey (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on November 23, 2015.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Henry Hill Walking Tour” (Submitted on November 23, 2015.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. 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.