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Near Manassas in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Strategic Crossing

First Battle of Manassas

 

—July 21, 1861 - 6 a.m. —

 
Strategic Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 4, 2015
1. Strategic Crossing Marker
Inscription. Originally constructed in 1825, the Stone Bridge carried the Warrenton Turnpike across Bull Run. Its ability to carry traffic across the steep-sided stream, even at times of high water, gave the bridge a key role in the Civil War. Both sides recognized its strategic importance.

At daybreak, Union artillery fired the opening shots of First Manassas from a ridge one-half mile to the east (behind you). The attack was a ruse. The main Union column circled upstream instead, intending to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at the unguarded Sudley Ford.

Caption:
Prior to abandoning the Manassas area, Confederate troops blew up the original bridge in March 1862. The current structure dates to 1884.
 
Location. 38° 49.467′ N, 77° 30.189′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Click for map. The marker is at the Stone Bridge trailhead area, at the intersection of Paddington Lane and Lee Highway (previously the Warrenton Turnpike, also 29). Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Retreat (here, next to this marker); Stone Bridge (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing);
Strategic Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 4, 2015
2. Strategic Crossing Marker
The marker is on the left. On the right is a marker entitled, "Union Retreat."
a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farm Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Van Pelt House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker at this location titled, "Stone Bridge"
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Stone Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 4, 2015
3. The Stone Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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