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

Dying in Line

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day One - August 28, 1862 —

 
Dying in Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Dying in Line Marker
Inscription. At Brawner Farm there was little maneuvering. Union and Confederate infantry stood in parade-style lines fifty yards apart. At that range they could not miss. The soldiers fired volley after volley for two hours, with only a few fence rails and ruts in the field for cover. Even after sundown the shooting continued; men aimed at the muzzle flashes.

Next morning Capt. W.W. Blackford, one of Jeb Stuart's officers, described the Union position, "marked by the dark rows of bodies stretched out of the broomsedge field, lying just where they had fallen, with their heels on a well-defined line."

You are standing just behind that "well-defined line."
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.783′ N, 77° 33.884′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Pageland Lane (County Route 705) 0.7 miles north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the Brawner Farm Loop Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park. 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. 19th Indiana Infantry (here, next to this marker); A Stand Up Fight
<i>Dying in Line</i> and the Position Marker for the 19th Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Dying in Line and the Position Marker for the 19th Indiana
(here, next to this marker); Jackson Opens Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Archeology at Brawner Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Strikes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 400 feet away); First Brigade (about 500 feet away); Shooting Gallery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. In the lower center of the marker is a portrait of Union Brig. Gen. John Gibbon with the caption, Because General Gibbon outfitted his Wisconsin and Indiana troops in white gaiters and black felt hats, they were called the Black Hat Brigade. Gibbon, a West Point graduate from North Carolina, had three brothers in the Confederate Army.

A photo of the Black Hat Brigade, Company I of the 7th Wisconsin, just after Second Manassas, in the upper right is described, Though most of the Wisconsin and Indiana Black Hats were fresh recruits, they stood their ground; for all they knew, combat was supposed to be line this. More than a third
Marker at the Brawner Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2007
3. Marker at the Brawner Farm
The Brawner Farm House can be seen behind the marker in this photo.
were killed or wounded here. Within a month the survivors would be called the Iron Brigade.


This marker was replaced by a new marker titled "A Stand up Fight". See nearby markers.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Iron Brigade Battle Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
4. The Iron Brigade Battle Line
Gibbon's Brigade formed a line across the fields near the Brawner Farm on August 28, 1862. In what is sometimes called the Battle of Grovetown, Gibbon's Brigade of King's division (1st Division, III Corps) encountered General "Stonewall" Jackson's forces.
Brawner House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
5. Brawner House
Near the marker is the restored Brawner House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,391 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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