Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Retreat from Chinn Ridge
First Battle of Manassas
— July 21, 1861 4:30 p.m. —
Intending to outflank the enemy, Howard's regiments ascended to the top of this rise. Suddenly the air exploded with shell fragments. Confederate artillery opened a flanking fire from the Chinn House yard. Masses of Rebel infantry charged out of the woods below. Howard's men managed a few ragged volleys before the parade-style battle lines began to break. The retreat gathered momentum and soon the Union army was in full flight.
The struggle for Chinn Ridge, depicting the Henry House in the distance. Painting by Captain James Hope, 2nd Vermont Infantry. Artwork courtesy of Howard Coffin.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1861.
Location. 38° 48.792′ N, 77° 31.812′ 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 right when traveling south. Marker is located along the Chinn Ridge Trail (Driving Tour Stop 10) 0.5 miles north of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Rd, 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 Retreat from Chinn Ridge (here, next to this marker); Colonel Fletcher Webster (approx. ¼ mile away); Death of Fletcher Webster (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Death of Fletcher Webster (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas (approx. ¼ mile away); Third Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Defending the Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Defending the Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an old marker at this location titled, "Retreat from Chinn Ridge"
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on May 13, 2016.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Retreat (Submitted on May 13, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.