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

Fight at the Fence Line

Second Battle of Manassas

 

—Day Three August 30, 1862 4:30 p.m. —

 
Fight at the Fence Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, April 30, 2016
1. Fight at the Fence Line Marker
Inscription. Colonel Nathaniel McLean braced his men for the coming onslaught. The Union officer, a civilian attorney with no prewar military background, commanded 1,200 Ohioans on Chinn Ridge. The ground directly in front of his brigade was open at the time of the battle and McLean's men could see the approaching enemy. At this moment only the Ohioans stood between the Confederates and Henry Hill.

The Confederate attack soon drew the attention of Federal artillery north of the Warrenton Turnpike. To avoid this raking cannon fire, some of the advancing troops crowded into the woods to your far left front. Rather than continue straight ahead into McLean's waiting guns, the weight of the Confederate attack now fell upon the Ohioan's left flank. McLean's line was caught in a devastating crossfire and quickly crumbled.

In desperation McLean ordered two of his regiments to change front and reform at the fence line. By this point Confederate forces were sweeping onto the Chinn farm. As they surged past the Chinn house, McLean's brave remnant rose and fired. Their concentrated volley struck the Confederates like a shock wave. For ten minutes deafening musketry continued until overwhelming numbers forced the Ohioans back along the ridge.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National
The battle of Groveton or Second Bull Run image. Click for full size.
By Edwin Forbes, August 30, 1862
2. The battle of Groveton or Second Bull Run
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-22377]
Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.465′ N, 77° 32.099′ 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 south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Chinn Ridge Trail (Driving Tour Stop 10) 400 ft north of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 73rd Ohio Infantry (here, next to this marker); Kemper's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinn Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight at the Fenceline (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Second Brigade (about 500 feet away); Hazel Plain (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Kemper's Brigade (about 600 feet away); Defending the Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on May 13, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chinn Ridge Trail image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver
3. Chinn Ridge Trail
This 1-mile trail follows an old NPS access road to the top of Chinn Ridge.
Restored Fence Line on Chinn Ridge Trail. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver
4. Restored Fence Line on Chinn Ridge Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 12, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 13, 2016.   3, 4. submitted on May 12, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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