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

Sudley Springs Ford

July 21, 1861

 

— First Battle of Manassas —

 
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By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
1. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
Inscription.  About 9:30 a.m. the Union flanking column, numbering 15,000 strong, began crossing Catharpin Run here and moved southward toward Matthews Hill. Late in the afternoon this ford served as one of the principal avenues of retreat for the defeated Union army.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 50.557′ N, 77° 32.265′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Highway 234), on the right when traveling north. Located on a walking trail (which is actually the original Sudley Road bed) leading north from the site of the Thornberry House (Field Hospital) in Manassas National Battlefield. 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 marker. A different marker also named Sudley Springs Ford (a few steps from this marker); Thornberry House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Hospital (about 300 feet away); Sudley Springs (about 500 feet away); A Debt Repaid
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By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
2. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Battling for the Rocky Knoll (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
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By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
3. Sudley Springs Ford
The area of the ford of Catharpin Run.
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By Craig Swain, November 5, 2010
4. Old Road Bed
The trail follows the road from the ford. Federal troops passed here on their way toward Matthews Hill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,145 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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