Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Battle of Manassas
— July 21, 1861 2 p.m. —
McDowell directed two artillery batteries, eleven guns total, to occupy this high ground. The battery commanders protested the lack of infantry support would make their cannon vulnerable to capture. The order stood. No sooner had the Federal artillery unlimbered when Confederate batteries opened fire from only 300 yards away. Over the next hour, the opposing batteries dueled across the field. Suddenly from the far woods came a blood-chilling cry—the rebel yell. Through the dense smoke, Confederate infantry swarmed across the field.
Captain James B. Ricketts, Company I, 1st U.S. Artillery. Ricketts fell wounded in the thigh while commanding his battery. Captured by the Confederates,
Painting by Sidney King
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.827′ N, 77° 31.329′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) half a mile south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located behind the Visitor Center, along the 1-mile Henry Hill Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Road, 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. 7th Georgia Markers (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Ramsey (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring the Dead (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Honoring the Dead (about 400 feet away); Wade Hampton (about 400 feet away); Invaded Farmland (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Invaded Farmland (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on November 23, 2015.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “The Fight for Rickett’s Guns” (Submitted on November 23, 2015.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.