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Battle of Bull Run Bridge

"Let this not become another Bull Run"

 

— Second Manassas Campaign —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 15, 2021
1. Battle of Bull Run Bridge Marker
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Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson from the Rappahannock River to keep Gen. John Pope's and Gen. George McClellan's Union armies from uniting. Jackson marched on Aug. 25, and Lee followed the next day with the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia. When Jackson captured Manassas Junction on Aug. 26, Pope thought it was one of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry raids and ordered Gen. George Taylor's reinforced infantry brigade to attack. Jackson's men, entrenched here in a line between Liberia and Fort Mayfield, greeted Taylor's command with a "storm of lead" when it arrived about 8:30 the next morning. Taylor fell mortally wounded as his men retreated to the Orange and Alexandria Railroad and the Bull Run Bridge. He turned over command to Col. Elikam P. Scammon, saying, "Please let this not become another Bull Run." After a three-hour-long fight, the surviving Federals fled or surrendered. The Confederates lost only 5 killed and 20 wounded, while Union casualties totaled 23 killed, 176 wounded, and 246 missing or captured.

When word of the defeat reached Washington, McClellan (whose army protected

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the capital) told President Abraham Lincoln that he would not send two divisions to support Pope, as he was uncertain of Pope's location and the size of the Confederate force. McClellan detested Pope and hoped to replace him if he failed. His refusal contributed to Pope's defeat at the Second Battle of Manassas (Aug. 28-30), and Lincoln replaced Pope with McClellan on Sept. 2.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is August 25, 1861.
 
Location. 38° 45.953′ N, 77° 26.709′ W. Marker is in Manassas Park, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Conner Drive and Euclid Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Conner Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8220 Conner Dr, Manassas VA 20111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conner House Restoration (here, next to this marker); Conner House (a few steps from this marker); Manassas 1825 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Weir Family Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Enslaved of Liberia (approx. 0.8 miles away); Liberia and the Weirs (approx.
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0.8 miles away); Liberia (approx. 0.8 miles away); Turberville Memorial Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas Park.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker which had different formatting and content.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jun. 18, 2021