Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rhode Island Battery
—First Battle of Manassas —
2nd Brigade (Burnside, Second Division (Hunter)
Army of Northeastern Virginia, USA
Rhode Island Battery
Capt. William H. Reynolds
Six 13-Pounder James Rifled Guns
"'Forward into line of action, front,' came Captain Reynolds' order. I dismounted and ran to my gun, and found that within 20 yards of us were the Rebels, advancing. I thought for a moment our battery was lost, but the 2d Rhode Island Regiment made a fearful charge and gave a most hideous scream, and never will I forget how the Rebel flag looked as it bobbed out of sight under the hill."
-An unknown Union Sergeant
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 49.492′ N, 77° 31.889′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (U.S. 234) half a mile north of Lee Highway (Route 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the Matthews Hill trail in Manassas National 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 location. The Fight for Matthews Hill (here, next to this marker); Matthews Hill Vision of Victory (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); 4th Alabama Infantry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (about 500 feet away); The Matthew Farm (about 600 feet away); U.S. Infantry Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Contact (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named The Fight for Matthews Hill (see nearby markers).
Also see . . . James Rifled Cannon. The James rifles were the product of General Charles T. James' experiments before the war. (Submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 969 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on July 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.