“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Broad Run in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Thoroughfare Gap

Thoroughfare Gap image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, June 3, 2006
1. Thoroughfare Gap
Inscription. Just west is Thoroughfare Gap where Union and Confederate armies clashed during the Civil War. In July 1861, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston marched eastward through the gap to join Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard in the First Battle of Manassas. Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson passed by here on 26 Aug. 1862 to attack the Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction. Two days later, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Maj. Gen. James Longstreet surprised and repelled Union cavalry under Col. Sir Percy Wyndham and an infantry division under Brig. Gen. James Ricketts. Ever after, Union troops occupied the gap whenever Lee’s army was near.
Erected 1995 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-50.)
Location. 38° 49.411′ N, 77° 42.653′ W. Marker is near Broad Run, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of John Marhsall Highway (Virginia Route 55) and Beverleys Mills Road, on the right when traveling west on John Marhsall Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Broad Run VA 20137, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign of Second Manassas (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Thoroughfare Gap
Thoroughfare Gap and Two Other Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 31, 2009
2. Thoroughfare Gap and Two Other Markers
(here, next to this marker); Chapman's Mill (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (approx. ¼ mile away); Free People Of Color At Thoroughfare (approx. 1.9 miles away); Antioch Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hopewell Gap (approx. 2.8 miles away); Buckland (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broad Run.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker with the same title and number. That marker read Five miles northwest is Thoroughfare Gap in the Bull Run Mountains. Through this gap J. E. Johnson and Jackson came, July 19, 1861, on their way to the First Battle of Manassas. Through it Lee sent Jackson, August 26, 1862, and followed with Longstreet to take part in the Second Battle of Manassas. The older marker was erected in Gainsville, on Route 55's intersection with Route 29, but was missing by 1985.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Thoroughfare Gap Markers
Also see . . .
Thoroughfare Gap image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Paik, September 19, 2017
3. Thoroughfare Gap
VA-55 and I-66 pass through the Bull Run Mountains at Thoroughfare Gap, a rail line slightly further to the north (left) is hidden by the trees.
 Harper's Weekly, November 29, 1862. Steel cut illustrations of Thoroughfare Cut and other contemporary Union Civil War scenes as well as articles on the progress of the war. (Submitted on October 10, 2006.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 4,508 times since then. Last updated on May 1, 2018, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on October 9, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   2. submitted on October 31, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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