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

The Battle Begins

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day One - August 28, 1862 - 6 p.m. —

 
The Battle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
1. The Battle Begins Marker
Inscription. Late on the afternoon of August 28, Brig. Gen. Rufus King's division proceeded east towards Centreville. They marched in search of the elusive "Stonewall" Jackson, who was operating behind Union lines with half the Confederate army. As the head of the column passed the village of Groveton, Confederate artillery emerged from the woods and fired upon the unsuspecting Federals. Union troops turned to fight a fierce twilight battle near the Brawner Farm that began the three day battle of Second Manassas.

Begin your tour at the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center. The facility, open seasonally, contains interpretive exhibits and audio-visual programs about the campaign. The Brawner Farm Loop Trail begins east of the house and follows the opposing battle lines of the August 28th engagement.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.83′ N, 77° 34.073′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Pageland Lane (County Route 705) 0.6 miles north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center parking lot, Manassas National
Brawner Farm Loop Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
2. Brawner Farm Loop Trail Map
Battlefield Park. Marker is 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 marker. Archeology at Brawner Farm (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Strikes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson Opens Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); 19th Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Stand Up Fight (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shooting Gallery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Brawner Farm Trail Loop Markers.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2012
3. The Battle Begins Marker
Zouave Exhibit at Brawner Farm Interpretive Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 15, 2010
4. Zouave Exhibit at Brawner Farm Interpretive Center
Electric Battle Map at Interpretive Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 15, 2010
5. Electric Battle Map at Interpretive Center
Brawner Farm House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
6. Brawner Farm House
Seen here when the park service was in the process of converting the structure to an interpretive center. The Brawner house, known as "Baachelor's Hall", was abandoned after the battle of Second Manassas. Archaeological surveys of the site indicate this structure is post-war. The house may have been moved to this site, using the wartime foundation. The house was enlarged in 1907.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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