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

Visions of Victory

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day Two August 29, 1862 —

 
Visions of Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 26, 2015
1. Visions of Victory Marker
Inscription. The opening fight at Brawner Farm revealed Stonewall Jackson's position north of Groveton. In response, General John Pope ordered his entire force - nearly 65,000 Federal Troops - to converge on the Confederates and bring them to battle. This directive led the army back to the First Manassas battlefield, stirring poignant memories of the previous year's defeat.

Pope remained confident of victory at daybreak on August 29. The Federal commander assumed Jackson's outnumbered force was isolated and in retreat. Pope believed his troops were positioned to prevent Jackson's escape. He fully expected that Jackson would be destroyed before Confederate reinforcements could intervene. Tactical realities were a bit different. Instead of "retreating," Jackson's troops had taken a strong defensive position along the embankments of an unfinished railroad. By noon, General James Longstreet had nearly 30,000 men - the rest of Lee's Confederate army - deploying on the battlefield. Pope, however, discounted all evidence that did not fit his vision of total victory.

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(left) Maj. Gen. John Pope

(right) Pope arrived on the battlefield and established his headquarters here atop Buck Hill. Federal troops used the surrounding fields as staging areas for assaults on Jackson's line, one mile to the northwest.

View of Matthews Hill from atop Buck Hill image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 26, 2015
2. View of Matthews Hill from atop Buck Hill

 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 49.206′ N, 77° 31.597′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) north of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Stone House, along the trail to Matthews Hill. Marker can be reached by parking at the Stone House parking lot, (Auto-tour stop 3) and hiking to the top of Buck Hill. 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. Battlefield of Bull Run or First Manassas (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone House – Battlefield Landmark (about 400 feet away); Stone House (about 500 feet away); First Battle of Manassas (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named First Battle of Manassas (about 600 feet away); Henry House (about 600 feet away); Blocking the Union Advance (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Robinson House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on October 27, 2015.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Pope's Headquarters”. (Submitted on October 27, 2015.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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