Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
S.D. Lee's Artillery
—Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —
The heavy bombardment, a rain of whizzing shell fragments, kept reinforcements from crossing the field, and helped ensure Union defeat at Deep Cut.
When the first group of Federals finally retreated from the railroad grade, Lee's artillerists fired shell and case shot onto the field with pinpoint accuracy. "The ground," wrote one survivor, "seemed like a millpond in a shower, so frequently did shells rip the earth."
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.907′ N, 77° 33.815′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker was on Pageland Lane (County Route 705) one mile 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 First Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 26th Georgia Infantry (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Shooting Gallery (about 500 feet away); 2nd Wisconsin Infantry (about 600 feet away); Jackson Strikes (about 600 feet 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a drawing of Confederate Col. Stephen D. Lee's Artillery Battalion. Eventually S.D. Lee had eighteen cannon along this line during Porter's attack. Counterfire from Union batteries was ineffective.
On the lower right is a map indicating the locations of Lee's artillery and Porter's 3:30 p.m. attack.
This marker was replaced by a new one, with the same name, in 2012. See nearby markers.
Also see . . . My guns, his guns!. Long after the war, a spirited exchange between S.D. Lee and General James Longstreet discussed exactly who should get credit for the artillery's placement and the repulse of the Federals. (Submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,286 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7, 8, 9. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.