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Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jackson's Raid

1862

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
1. Jackson's Raid Marker
Inscription.  During the summer of 1862, Manassas Junction became a major supply hub for Union armies operating in Virginia, making it a target for the Confederates. On August 27, Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson unleashed his 24,000 troops on the depot here. Soldiers found both staples and delicacies — more than they could eat or carry. What they could not carry off, they often burned.

Jackson's dash to Manassas forced the Union army to retreat from the Rappahannock in pursuit. The federals did not find him here (he left behind only smoldering ruins at the Junction), but five miles north, on the First Manassas battlefield. On August 28, Jackson lured the Union army into battle. Two days later, Lee's army of Northern Virginia achieved a stunning victory at Second Manassas, as the Union army retreated toward Washington.

No pen can describe the rollicking antics of Jackson's men, as they reveled among the good things spread in prodigal profusion around them — in army goods and sutler stores. IT was more than funny to see the ragged, rough, dirty fellows, who had been half living on roasted corn
Jackson's Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2019
2. Jackson's Raid Marker
and green apples for days, now drinking Rhine wine, eating lobster salad, potted tongue, cream biscuit, pound cake, canned fruits, and the like...

— John S. Robson, 52nd Virginia

[Captions:]
This sketch by Union mapmaker Robert Knox Sneden depicts the results of the raid by Jackson's men on Manassas Junction in August, 1862.
— Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture

In this October 1863 image, a soldier stands beside the ruins of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad near Bristoe Station. Jackson's men ripped up this rail line during their surprise attack on Manassas Junction in August, 1862.
— Courtesy of the Library of Congress

This painted piece of board is said to be from a railroad car at Manassas Junction prior to its destruction by Stonewall Jackson's troops in 1862. The companion piece to this board resides in the collection of the Atlanta Historical Society.
— Photograph by Don Flory
Manassas Museum Collection

 
Erected by City of Manassas, Virginia.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.021′ N, 77° 28.377′ W. Marker
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is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on West Street just south of Center Street (Virginia Route 28), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9425 West Street, Manassas VA 20110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Manassas (here, next to this marker); A Railroad Town (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town Is Born (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Manassas Junction (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of the "Old 97" (within shouting distance of this marker); Loy E. Harris (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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