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

Stone Bridge

Strategic Crossings

 
 
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
1. Stone Bridge Marker
Inscription.  From the east side of this stream Union cannon fired the first shots of First Manassas at Confederates on the opposite ridge. The attack was a ruse. Though Stone Bridge offered one of the few easy routes across Bull Run, the main Union columns were circling upstream, hoping to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at Sudley Ford.

A year later, at the Second Battle of Manassas, an angry, frustrated Union Army had to retreat back toward Centerville across Stone Bridge. They burned the wooden span behind them.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 49.462′ N, 77° 30.2′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was on Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Located at the east end of the Old Stone Bridge, standing beside the modern Lee
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Highway (US 29) bridge. This marker is missing and has been replaced by a new marker at the same location, entitled "Strategic Crossing.". Touch for map. Marker was 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. Strategic Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Union Retreat (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Stone Bridge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. The marker has a black and white picture of the old bridge site during the war, captioned, Stone Bridge, photographed between battles. Confederates had cut down trees to gain a clear field of fire. In March 1862 the Confederates destroyed the bridge’s middle span when they withdrew to defend Richmond. The bridge had been restored to its postwar appearance.

A painting depicts Union retreat from Second Manassas. The withdrawal began at twilight of the third day, and lasted until midnight. Note the makeshift wooden
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
2. Stone Bridge Marker
The stone bridge over Bull Run can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
span.
Part of this painting is replicated on the background of the marker, on the left side.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Manassas Battlefield from Stone Bridge to Stone House
 
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Stone Bridge. Offers historical views of the bridge site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Manassas Battlefield Park Web Site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Stone Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
3. Stone Bridge Marker
Stone Bridge From the East Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 1, 2007
4. Stone Bridge From the East Side
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,499 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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