“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Gainesville in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

First Brigade

(The Stonewall Brigade)

— Second Battle of Manassas —

First Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. First Brigade Marker
August 28, 1862
7:00 p.m.

Jackson's Division (W. B. Taliaferro)
Left Wing (Jackson)
Army of Northern Virginia, CSA

First Brigade
(The Stonewall Brigade)

Col. William S. Baylor
2nd Virginia 5th Virginia
4th Virginia 27th Virginia
33rd Virginia

"Here one of the most terrific engagements that can be conceived of occurred. Our troops held the farmhouse while the enemy held the orchard. To the left our men stood in the open field without shelter of any kind. For two hours and a half, without an instant's cessation of the most deadly discharges of musketry, round shot and shell, both sides stood unmoved, neither advancing and neither yielding until at last, about 9 o'clock the enemy slowly and sullenly fell back."
- Brig. Gen. William B. Taliaferro
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 38° 48.855′ N, 77° 33.843′ W. Marker is near Gainesville, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Pageland Lane (County Route 705) one mile north
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of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Located on the Brawner Farm Loop Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6501 Pageland Ln, Gainesville VA 20155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Strikes (about 300 feet away); Shooting Gallery (about 300 feet away); Jackson Opens Fire (about 500 feet away); 19th Indiana Infantry (about 500 feet away); A Stand Up Fight (about 500 feet away); Archeology at Brawner Farm (about 600 feet away); 26th Georgia Infantry (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Stonewall Brigade at 2nd Manassas
First Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. First Brigade Marker
Willie Preston Gravesite image. Click for full size.
January 24, 2009
3. Willie Preston Gravesite
Located at the 18th hole of a golf course in Fairfax Co., Virginia 3 miles NW of this First Brigade marker. Willie Preston was mortally wounded in the action described on this marker.
William C. Preston image. Click for full size.
January 24, 2009
4. William C. Preston
Son of
T. L. & S. L. Preston
Lexington, Virginia
He was a private in the
College Company
of the 4th. Virginia Reg
Stonewall Brigade
and fell at Manassas
Aug. 28th 1862
in the 19th year of his life
The Young Patriot lost his mortal
life in defending his native state,
The young Christian found his
nobler life in Christ who died for
f.s. “Slain in Battle” “W. C. P.”
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,319 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2011.

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