“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Broad Run in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Thoroughfare Gap

Thoroughfare Gap image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, June 3, 2006
1. Thoroughfare Gap
Inscription.  Just west is Thoroughfare Gap where Union and Confederate armies clashed during the Civil War. In July 1861, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston marched eastward through the gap to join Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard in the First Battle of Manassas. Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson passed by here on 26 Aug. 1862 to attack the Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction. Two days later, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. James Longstreet surprised and repelled Union cavalry under Col. Sir Percy Wyndham and an infantry division under Brig. Gen. James Ricketts. Ever after, Union troops occupied the gap whenever Lee’s army was near.
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-50.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 49.411′ N, 77° 42.653′ W. Marker is near Broad Run, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of John Marhsall Highway (Virginia Route 55) and Beverleys Mills Road, on the right when traveling west on John
Thoroughfare Gap and Two Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 31, 2009
2. Thoroughfare Gap and Two Other Markers
Marhsall Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Broad Run VA 20137, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign of Second Manassas (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Thoroughfare Gap (here, next to this marker); Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (approx. ¼ mile away); Heflin's Store (approx. 1.1 miles away); Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare (approx. 1.9 miles away); Antioch Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hopewell Gap (approx. 2.8 miles away); Buckland (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broad Run.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker with the same title and number. That marker read Five miles northwest is Thoroughfare Gap in the Bull Run Mountains. Through this gap J. E. Johnston and Jackson came, July 19, 1861, on their way to the First Battle of Manassas. Through it Lee sent Jackson, August 26, 1862, and followed with Longstreet to take part in the Second Battle of Manassas. The older marker was erected in Gainesville, on Route 55's intersection with Route 29, but was missing by 1985.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Thoroughfare Gap Markers
Also see . . .  Harper's Weekly, November 29, 1862. Steel cut illustrations of Thoroughfare Cut and other contemporary Union Civil War scenes as well as articles on the progress of the war. (Submitted on October 10, 2006.) 
Thoroughfare Gap image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Paik, September 19, 2017
3. Thoroughfare Gap
VA-55 and I-66 pass through the Bull Run Mountains at Thoroughfare Gap, a rail line slightly further to the north (left) is hidden by the trees.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2006. This page has been viewed 4,633 times since then and 77 times this year. Last updated on September 23, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 9, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   2. submitted on October 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Oct. 23, 2020