Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brawner Farm: The Battle Begins
—Second Battle of Manassas - Day One - August 28, 1862 —
Though Maj. Gen. John Pope's army had been hunting Jackson, Jackson had chosen the time and place to fight. He ordered up artillery to the left of the farmhouse and the Confederates started shelling the troops in the road.
Walk the opposing battle lines to see how the fighting developed. Eyewitness accounts on troop location markers describe the point-blank musket fire. (Allow approximately 1 hour for the 1.2 mile loop trail.) For a shorter tour, walk fifty yards ahead where an exhibit gives the Union view of the battle.
Instead of panicking, the Midwesterners turned to meet the attack. The 2nd Wisconsin scrambled into line on the far edge of Brawner's orchard. The 19th Indiana emerged from the woods, where they had first taken cover, and were advancing upslope toward the Stonewall Brigade here at the fence line.
Location. 38° 48.837′ N, 77° 33.902′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Touch for map. Located on the Brawner Farm Loop Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Marker is 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 marker. Jackson Opens Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archeology at Brawner Farm (about 300 feet away); 19th Indiana Infantry (about 300 feet away); A Stand Up Fight (about 300 feet away); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 400 feet away); Shooting Gallery (about 600 feet away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. In the upper right is a depiction of the Confederates preparing to fire on advancing Federal formations. In the lower right is a map of the trail, indicating unit locations.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,335 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.