Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Manassas Gap decided to lay its own track from Gainesville to Alexandria. Work on the "Independent Line" commenced in 1854 as engineers surveyed the proposed route. Local slaves and Irish immigrants provided much of the labor - felling trees, leveling the roadbed, and quarrying stone for bridge abutments. By the time grading operations neared completion in 1858, the company halted the project for lack of funds. No track was ever laid. The abandoned railbed became a ready-made defensive position for Confederate troops at Second Manassas.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 38° 49.529′ N, 77° 32.943′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Featherbed Lane, on the right when traveling south. 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 The Unfinished Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Unfinished Railroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archer’s Brigade (about 700 feet away); Second Brigade (about 700 feet away); 20th New York State Militia (approx. ¼ mile away); 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); 15th Alabama Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . . Unfinished Railroad. Older marker that stood at this location. (Submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 28, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on February 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.