“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)

Farm Ford


—First Battle of Manassas —

Farm Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
1. Farm Ford Marker
Inscription. July 21, 1861

Here, about 11:00 a.m., Col. William T. Sherman led his four regiments across Bull Run and joined the Union drive toward Henry Hill. Later that day the ford was used again, this time by the retreating Union army.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 49.641′ N, 77° 30.502′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along the Stone Bridge Trail loop. Marker was in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Farm Ford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opening Shots (approx. 0.3 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Union Retreat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Strategic Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker.
Farm Ford Trail Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
2. Farm Ford Trail Stop
The marker was replaced in 2012. See nearby marker by the same name.
Also see . . .  Report of Col. William T. Sherman. Sherman included a rather detailed report after the battle. Of the crossing at Farm Ford, Sherman wrote, "We found no difficulty in crossing over, and met no opposition in ascending the steep bluff opposite with our infantry, but it was impassable to the artillery...." (Submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional comments.
1. Incorrect Location
Park historians at Manassas have concluded the long cited location of Farm Ford is incorrect. The ford was actually a few hundred yards upstream. This marker is due to be replaced in the near future by a marker placed at the newly established ford location.
    — Submitted August 13, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. War, US Civil
Farm Ford Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
3. Farm Ford Today
A sluggish Bull Run still meanders through.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,052 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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