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

Sudley Springs Ford

First Battle of Manassas


—July 21, 1861 - 9:30 a.m. —

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November 17, 2012
1. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
Inscription. Soon after crossing Bull Run, the Union flanking column splashed across Catharpin Run here at Sudley Springs Ford. More than 13,000 soldiers passed this spot over a six-hour period.

The lengthy march over dusty roads had taken its toll. Exhausted men fell out of ranks to replenish canteens with muddy water. Soldiers threw away unnecessary equipment to lighten loads. Muffled sounds of combat could now be heard in the distance. From this point forward, the sense of anticipation and excitement grew – battle was close at hand.
Erected 2012 by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 50.561′ N, 77° 32.268′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234). Touch for map. Marker is located along the Sudley Loop Trail at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Closest parking is at MNBP Driving Tour Stop No. 5. 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. A different marker also named Sudley Springs Ford (a few steps from this marker); Thornberry House (about 300
Sudley Springs Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
November 17, 2012
2. Sudley Springs Ford Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); Sudley Springs (about 500 feet away); A Debt Repaid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sudley Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Battling for the Rocky Knoll (approx. ¼ mile away); “The Unfinished Railroad” (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo captioned Sudley Springs Ford in March 1862. Photo by George N. Barnard.
Also see . . .  A famous image–and a metaphor for the war. John Hennessy - Remembering: Musings on Fredericksburg and Manassas (and a few other things) (Submitted on December 22, 2012.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Sudley Springs Ford image. Click for full size.
December 22, 2012
3. Sudley Springs Ford
The area of the ford of Catharpin Run.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2012. This page has been viewed 811 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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