Near Manassas in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
First Battle of Manassas
— July 21, 1861 - 6 a.m. —
At daybreak, Union artillery fired the opening shots of First Manassas from a ridge one-half mile to the east (behind you). The attack was a ruse. The main Union column circled upstream instead, intending to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at the unguarded Sudley Ford.
Prior to abandoning the Manassas area, Confederate troops blew up the original bridge in March 1862. The current structure dates to 1884.
Location. 38° 49.467′ N, 77° 30.189′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Touch for map. The marker is at the Stone Bridge trailhead area, at the intersection of Paddington Lane and Lee Highway (previously the Warrenton Turnpike, also 29). Marker is in this post office area: Centreville VA 20121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Retreat (here, Stone Bridge (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairfax County / Prince William County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Opening Shots (approx. 0.4 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Farm Ford (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Van Pelt House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker at this location titled, "Stone Bridge"
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on May 13, 2016, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.