Manassas, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mayfield Civil War Fort
Fortifying the Junction
— The Manassas Museum System —
Confederate leaders recognized the importance of holding Manassas Junction against an assault by Union forces. Possession of the junction meant control of the only continuous rail link between Washington, D.C. and the Confederate capital, Richmond, as well as the connection to the agricultural bounty of the Shenandoah Valley.
In June 1861, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard took command of the troops defending Manassas. Seeking to utilize all available resources, he issued a proclamation to the people of Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William counties calling on them to contribute to the military preparations.
Some of the resources were human. Slaves from area farmers were sent to work alongside
“We are expecting an attack every day on the Junction; ordered hands out to assist in throwing up a breast-work. Jack and our hands with others from the neighborhood start in the morning bright and early.”
Diary entry of Amanda Virginia Edmonds of Fauquier County, Va., June 6, 1861.
Erected by 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. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1861.
Location. 38° 45.266′ N, 77° 27.126′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Battery Heights Boulevard and Quarry Road, on the left when traveling south. Located on the trail path into Mayfield Fort, on the outer embankments of the fort, about 300 feet from the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, 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 Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 300 feet away); a Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Mayfield Civil War Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a drawing captioned, “Confederate soldiers and slave labor were used to dig the trenches and construct the earthworks surrounding the junction.” On the right side is a facsimile of Gen. Beauregard’s request to citizens, “This proclamation of June 5, 1861, from P.G.T. Beauregard, was a rally cry to the civilian population for the support of the Southern military operations at Manassas Junction.”
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Also see . . .
1. Mayfield Civil War Fort. (Submitted on September 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Washington at the Time of the First Bull Run. by Arba N. Waterman, Lieutenant Colonel, 100th Illinois Infantry. Some background information concerning the operations leading up to the battle, including a discussion of Beauregard's proclaimation. (Submitted on September 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,989 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2011, by Jonathan Carruthers of Bealeton, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.