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Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Arrival of Jefferson Davis

First Battle of Manassas

 

—July 21, 1861 6 p.m. —

 
The Arrival of Jefferson Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, February 11, 2017
1. The Arrival of Jefferson Davis Marker
Inscription. In frantic suspense, Confederate President Jefferson Davis found it impossible to remain in Richmond. He secured a special train to Manassas Junction and then proceeded to the battlefield on horseback. As he approached Portici, the president learned of the great Southern victory.

Determined to tour the battleground, Davis and his retinue set off for Henry Hill. As they descended here into the valley of Hokums Branch, the group encountered a crowd of soldiers congregated around the stream, including "Stonewall" Jackson, who was receiving treatment for a broken finger from Dr. Hunter McGuire.

The physician recalled that Jackson "stood up at once, he took off his cap and saluted the president and said: "We have whipped them; they ran like dogs. Give me 10,000 men and I shall take Washington City tomorrow!" Despite Jackson's bold proclamation, the Confederates lacked the organization to pursue the defeated Union Army.

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West Point Museum Art Collection, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
 
Erected by Manassas Nationa Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.642′ N, 77° 30.61′ W. Marker is
View of Holkums Branch along the Stone Bridge connector trail. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, February 11, 2017
2. View of Holkums Branch along the Stone Bridge connector trail.
in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Vandor Lane east of Battlefield Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Portici, Stop 11 on the Manassas National Battlefield Park Driving Tour. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cavalry Clash (approx. 0.3 miles away); Portici (approx. 0.3 miles away); Turning the Tide (approx. half a mile away); 7th Georgia Regiment (approx. half a mile away); Historic Road Trace (approx. half a mile away); Washington (Louisiana) Artillery Battalion (approx. half a mile away); Like a Stonewall (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. Marker can be accessed by taking the connector trail north of the Portici Parking lot. The marker is located about 0.6 miles up the trail - which connects to the Stone Bridge.
 
Also see . . .  Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on February 20, 2017.) 
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Footbridge over Holkums Branch image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, February 11, 2017
3. Footbridge over Holkums Branch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 137 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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