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

Blocking the Union Advance

First Battle of Manassas

 

—July 21, 1861 10:30 a.m. —

 
Blocking the Union Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, February 11, 2017
1. Blocking the Union Advance Marker
Inscription. After Departing their position near the Stone Bridge, Confederate troops under Colonel Nathan Evans deployed on this ground to intercept the enemy flanking column advancing southward on the Sudley Road. Knowing they were outnumbered, their only hope was to slow the Federal column long enough for reinforcements to arrive.

The advancing Federals drove back Confederate skirmishers and gained the crest of Matthews Hill. The fighting intensified as fresh troops on both sides arrived to extend the opposing lines along a half-mile front. After nearly two hours, outnumbered and outflanked, the Confederates retreated in disarray. The battle seemed lost, but Confederate reinforcements were arriving on Henry Hill to form a new defensive position.

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Confederate General Barnard E. Bee, still wearing his blue U.S. Army frock coat, orders forward the 4th Alabama Regiment in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the Union advance on Matthews Hill.
Painting by Don Troiani
 
Erected by Manassas Nationa Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 49.344′ N, 77° 31.696′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can
Looking up Matthews Hill from the "Blocking the Union Advance" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, February 11, 2017
2. Looking up Matthews Hill from the "Blocking the Union Advance" Marker
be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) 0.4 miles north of Lee Highway (Route 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the Matthews Hill walking trail. 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. Visions of Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fight for Matthews Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); The Matthew Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Battlefield of Bull Run or First Manassas (approx. ¼ mile away); 4th Alabama Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); Matthews Hill (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Vision of Victory (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Stone House – Battlefield Landmark (approx. ¼ mile 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 20, 2017.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Blocking the Union Advance” (Submitted on February 20, 2017.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
 
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 112 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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