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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rhode Island Battery

 

— First Battle of Manassas —

 
Rhode Island Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Rhode Island Battery Marker
Inscription.  
July 21, 1861
11:00 a.m.

2nd Brigade (Burnside, Second Division (Hunter)
Army of Northeastern Virginia, USA

Rhode Island Battery
Capt. William H. Reynolds

Six 13-Pounder James Rifled Guns

"'Forward into line of action, front,' came Captain Reynolds' order. I dismounted and ran to my gun, and found that within 20 yards of us were the Rebels, advancing. I thought for a moment our battery was lost, but the 2d Rhode Island Regiment made a fearful charge and gave a most hideous scream, and never will I forget how the Rebel flag looked as it bobbed out of sight under the hill."
-An unknown Union Sergeant
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1861.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 49.492′ N, 77° 31.889′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Highway 234) half a mile north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling
Rhode Island Battery Marker and James Rifled Cannon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Rhode Island Battery Marker and James Rifled Cannon
Five cannon mark the location of the Rhode Island Battery on Matthews Hill. This particular piece was cast for the State of Connecticut in 1862.
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north. Located along the Matthews Hill trail in Manassas National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Fight for Matthews Hill (here, next to this marker); 4th Alabama Infantry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (about 500 feet away); Blocking the Union Advance (about 500 feet away); The Matthew Farm (about 600 feet away); U.S. Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Contact (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named The Fight for Matthews Hill (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  James Rifled Cannon. The James rifles were the product of General Charles T. James' experiments before the war. (Submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Rhode Island Battery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. The Rhode Island Battery
Five cannon mark the battery's location. Four of these are 13-pounder James Rifled cannon. Two are a 6-pounder smoothbore Model 1861 field gun. Externally both types are similar, with the difference being the bore size, rifling, and the presence of a blade site on the muzzle of the rifles.
The Rhode Islander's View of Henry House Hill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
4. The Rhode Islander's View of Henry House Hill
Rhode Island Battery Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
5. Rhode Island Battery Position
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,095 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2022, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 3, 2022