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

Final Struggle

First Battle of Manassas

 

—July 21, 1861 3 - 4 p.m. —

 
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By Shane Oliver, September 26, 2015
1. Final Struggle Marker
Inscription. Up the slope marched Federal troops, determined to retake the cannons lost moments earlier. The bodies of slain artillerists and infantrymen littered the landscape. The Yankees recaptured Griffin's two guns and attempted to drag the two pieces to safety, but dead horses encumbered their efforts. In the distance the Confederates were preparing another charge.

The heaviest combat of the battle, much of it hand-to-hand, raged around the disabled batteries of Captains Ricketts and Griffin. The fighting went back and forth — Confederates would overrun the federal position and recapture the cannon then be driven off moments later by a headlong counterattack. The widow Henry's farm became the most contested ground of the battle.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.719′ N, 77° 31.298′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) half a mile south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Visitor Center at the trailhead for the 1.1-mile Henry Hill trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defeat and Disarray (here, next to this marker); Point Blank Volley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Thomas (about 500 feet away); Henry Hill (about 500 feet away); Lieutenant William P. Mangum (about 500 feet away); General Barnard Elliott Bee (about 700 feet away); Artillery Duel (about 700 feet away); Turning the Tide (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on September 29, 2015.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Counterattack” (Submitted on September 29, 2015.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 28, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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