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

Thornberry House

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Thornberry House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 28, 2016
1. Thornberry House Marker
Inscription. Though much changed through the years, the Thornberey House survives as one of three Civil War-era structures in the park. Built in the 1840s it was home to John and Martha Thornberry and their five children. John Thornberry operated a wheelright shop nearby, servicing the wagon traffic that frequented Sudley Mill. He supplemented the family's income as a carpenter and part-time undertaker.

With John away serving in the Confederate Army, Martha took the children to her sister's farm on Stony Ridge during First Manassas. Although the house escaped the combat, it was overrun with wounded Union Soldiers following the fighting. Driven away again the ensuing year during Second Manassas, the family returned to discover more than 150 bodies strewn about the property.

Laura Thornberry, seven-years-old at the time of First Manassas, recalled the damage nearly 75 years later:

There was not an article of anything left in it. Ten men had bled to death in mother's bedroom the night before. Carpets and all furniture were out and gone...The old farm well in the back yard was full of everything that would go in it. Such as China ware, cooking utensils, flat irons, and everything you can imagine used by a family was thrown in it. How we all cried over it; and no prospects of replacing any of it.

Thornberry House image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 28, 2016
2. Thornberry House
of the Thornberry children pose in front of their house in March 1862. In the years following the war, the building served as the Sudley Post Office.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 50.511′ N, 77° 32.236′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) and Featherbed Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5308 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sudley Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Sudley Springs Ford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Sudley Springs Ford (about 300 feet away); A Debt Repaid (about 700 feet away); Sudley Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battling for the Rocky Knoll (approx. 0.2 miles away); “The Unfinished Railroad” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on February 21, 2017.)
Thornberry House image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, March 28, 2016
3. Thornberry House
The Thornberry House can only be seen from the outside, as the interior has not been restored and is not open to the public.

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Field Hospital” (Submitted on February 21, 2017.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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