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

Henry Hill Walking Tour

Retracing the Battle

 

—First Battle of Manassas —

 
Henry Hill Walking Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Henry Hill Walking Tour Marker
Inscription. On the tour route you follow in the footsteps of charging Union and Confederate troops, and stand where they loaded cannon or braced for a bayonet assault. Terrain and tree lines have changed little since that day. As you walk imagine deafening cannon and musket fire, whizzing shell fragments, and smoke rolling like acrid fog across the slope.

Some of the bloodiest fighting occurred at Ricketts' artillery, twenty yards ahead.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 48.809′ N, 77° 31.294′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Road 234) half a mile south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The trailhead for the Henry Hill Walking tour of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Located just north of the park visitor center. An admission fee is charged for entrance to the 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 location. Henry Hill (here, next to this marker); Artillery Duel (within shouting distance of this marker); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 300 feet
Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Trail Map
away, measured in a direct line); 7th Georgia Markers (about 300 feet away); Thomas Jonathan Jackson (about 300 feet away); Colonel Thomas (about 400 feet away); The Bartow Monument (about 400 feet away); Brigadier General Francis Stebbings Bartow (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. On the upper right is a map of the trail with the caption, The loop trail is one mile long. At sites along the way exhibits and push-button recordings portray men and events that decided the battle's outcome. On the lower center is a photograph of Civil War soldiers with the explanation, Most of the recruits had never been shot at before. At several exhibits, recorded messages describe the nightmare in the soldiers' own words - quotations from survivors' letters and diaries.

This marker was replaced by a new one named Henry Hill (see nearby markers).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual tour by markers of the Henry Hill Walking tour portion of the Manassas Battlefield.
Start of the Henry Hill Walking Tour image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. Start of the Henry Hill Walking Tour

 
Also see . . .  Manassas Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
4. The Battlefield
Looking past the marker, on the left are cannon positioned where Ricketts' battery stood during the battle. In the center distance is the Henry House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,896 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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