Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A year later, at the Second Battle of Manassas, an angry, frustrated Union Army had to retreat back toward Centerville across Stone Bridge. They burned the wooden span behind them.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 49.462′ N, 77° 30.2′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was on Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the east end of the Old Stone Bridge, standing beside the modern Lee Highway (US 29) bridge. This marker is missing and has been replaced by a new marker at the same location, entitled "Strategic Crossing.". Marker was in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Strategic Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Union Retreat Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farm Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Van Pelt House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. The marker has a black and white picture of the old bridge site during the war, captioned, Stone Bridge, photographed between battles. Confederates had cut down trees to gain a clear field of fire. In March 1862 the Confederates destroyed the bridge’s middle span when they withdrew to defend Richmond. The bridge had been restored to its postwar appearance.
A painting depicts Union retreat from Second Manassas. The withdrawal began at twilight of the third day, and lasted until midnight. Note the makeshift wooden span. Part of this painting is replicated on the background of the marker, on the left side.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of the Manassas Battlefield from Stone Bridge to Stone House
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Stone Bridge. Offers historical views of the bridge site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Manassas Battlefield Park Web Site. (Submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,927 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.