Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Battle of Manassas
— July 21, 1861 - 10 a.m. —
Upon emerging out of the woods, the Union vanguard collided with Confederate skirmishers atop Matthews Hill ahead. Both sides exchanged brief volleys of musket fire. Soldiers of the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry deployed and started across the field toward the crest of the hill. For General McDowell, his chance at surprise was gone. Battle had just begun.
The one mile Matthews Hill Loop Trail begins at the top of the hill ahead of you. The trail follows the opposing Union and Confederate battle lines, and exhibits discuss the opening phase of combat at First Manassas. Hiking time is approximately 45 minutes.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National
Location. 38° 49.592′ N, 77° 32.023′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Sudley Road (State Highway 234), on the right when traveling south. Located in the parking lot for the Matthews Hill tour stop. 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. 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthews Hill (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Vision of Victory (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Fight for Matthews Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); 4th Alabama Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Matthew Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . . The Seventy-First Regiment. Older marker that stood at this location. (Submitted on August 31, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.