“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)


Meadowville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 2, 2007
1. Meadowville Marker
Inscription. The depression of the old farm road and the jumbled house foundations before you are all that remain of the plantation "Meadowville". John Cundiff, a bachelor, lived here during the Civil War producing oats, potatoes and hay, on about 350 acres of land.

In the aftermath of the savage fighting at the Brawner Farm on the evening of August 28, the house and grounds served as a field hospital for hundreds of wounded Union soldiers. A Union officer who visited the site that night remembered the area "lighted by torches or bits of candle," by which surgeons were "busily engaged in their melancholy labors." Concerning the wounded, he wrote, "I heard few complaints or groans; but, as I gazed on the poor patient fellows, my heart grew sick within me, and the whole air seemed full of anguish."
Location. 38° 48.281′ N, 77° 33.887′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the Stuart's Hill Loop 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 marker. Stuart's Hill Walking Trail (approx. mile away);
Marker on the Manassas Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 8, 2007
2. Marker on the Manassas Battlefield
The Battlefield In 1862 (approx. mile away); Stuart's Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle Begins (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dunklin Monument (approx. half a mile away); A Stand Up Fight (approx. 0.6 miles away); 19th Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Archeology at Brawner Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a drawing of a field hospital, captioned The wounded at Meadowville experienced scenes like this one portrayed by artist Alfred Waud in 1862. The medicine of the Civil War was primitive by today's standards. Although surgery was normally quite successful, the complications arising from infection and shock accounted for the high mortality rates.

In the upper right is a plan of the Foundations of the Cundiff House as indicated by an archaeological investigation of the site. The structure stood at least 1 1/2 stories high and had three large chimneys as indicated. Damaged during the battle of Second Manassas,
Meadowville Foundations image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 2, 2007
3. Meadowville Foundations
The foundations are covered with seasonal grasses.
the house was destroyed before war's end.

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 982 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on November 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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