Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Blocking the Union Advance
—First Battle of Manassas —
When the first Federals topped the rise, the Confederates fired. Both sides rushed reinforcements into the fight, and the battle raged on a half-mile front. After 1 ½ hours, outflanked and overwhelmed, the Confederates retreated in disarray toward Henry Hill. The battle seemed lost.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 49.42′ N, 77° 31.82′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Sudley Road (U.S. 234) 0.4 miles north of Lee Highway (Route 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along the Matthews Hill trail. 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 location. The Fight for Matthews Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthews Hill (was about 600 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Vision of Victory Blocking the Union Advance (about 700 feet away); The Matthew Farm (about 800 feet away); 4th Alabama Infantry (about 800 feet away); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal Artillery Positions (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a painting depicting The 4th Alabama Infantry reinforced the Confederate line. In the lower center is a portrait of Col. Egbert J. Jones, who led the 4th Alabama to shore up the Confederate line. Wounded and captured, Jones responded defiantly, "You may have me..., but ten thousand... will take my place." His response proved prophetic.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named Blocking the Union Advance (see nearby markers).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,215 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.