Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
When Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s forces began to arrive on July 20, Beauregard told him that he believed the main Federal attack would be at Mitchell’s Ford; all Confederate reinforcements were concentrated in this area. Beauregard also planned
July 17, 1861. The enemy has assailed my outposts in heavy force. I have fallen back on the line of Bull Run, and will make a stand at Mitchell’s Ford.” – Beauregard to Jefferson Davis.
Erected 2010 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 Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 47.416′ N, 77° 27.499′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Old Centreville Road (Route 616), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at Yorkshire Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilmer McLean after the Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wilmer McLean’s Yorkshire (approx. 0.6 miles away); McLean Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blackburn’s Ford (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Blackburn’s Ford (approx. one mile away); The Centreville Confederate Military Railroad (approx. 1½ miles away); Battle of Bull Run Bridge (approx. 1½ miles away); Union Mills Historic Site (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. The lower left of the marker displays a map of the area of Mitchell's Ford depicting the Bull Run defensive line. The upper right of the marker contains two portraits captioned Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard Courtesy Library of Congress and Gen. M.L. Bonham Courtesy Museum of the Confederacy. The lower left of the marker has a sketch captioned Sherman's Batteries firing on Mitchell's and Blackburn's Fords Sketch by Alfred Waud, Pictoral Battles of the Civil War.
Also see . . . First Bull Run, Situation July 18, 1861. Map of Bull Run defensive line (Submitted on August 29, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2010. This page has been viewed 2,009 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2010. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.