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

8th Georgia Infantry

 

—First Battle of Manassas —

 
8th Georgia Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
1. 8th Georgia Infantry Marker
Inscription. July 21, 1861
11:00 a.m.


2nd Brigade (Bartow)
Army of the Shenandoah (Johnson), CSA

8th Georgia Infantry
Lt. Col. W.M. Gardner

"Away we went straight into the teeth of the murderous fire. We entered a thicket and were within 100 yards of the enemy. Yet, not a gun of ours was fired until the command 'commence firing' was given. Most of the men were cool as cucumbers - each would load, pick his man, and take deliberate aim. We stood the fire in that wood for 30 minutes, and had the order not been given to retire, not one man would have left his post."
-Pvt. Robert Grant
 
Location. 38° 49.622′ N, 77° 31.705′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley Road (State Road 234), 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 marker. George T. Stovall (within shouting distance of this marker); 71st New York State Militia (within shouting distance of this marker); 2nd New Hampshire Infantry
George T. Stovall Monument and the 8th Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. George T. Stovall Monument and the 8th Georgia Marker
Located along the Matthews Hill trail loop, near the intersection with the First Manassas hiking trail.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Infantry Battalion (about 600 feet away); The Matthew Farm (about 600 feet away); 4th Alabama Infantry (about 700 feet away); 2nd Rhode Island Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fight for Matthews Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  8th Georgia at Manassas. A collection of first hand accounts of the regiment at the battle, and additional information about the unit. (Submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
8th Georgia Infantry Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 12, 2008
3. 8th Georgia Infantry Advance
Looking north along the walking trail. The 8th Georgia advanced forward against the 71st New York and 2nd New Hampshire Regiments posted on the eastern end of Matthews Hill. Today the contested area is covered by a wood lot. In the future, landscape restoration may restore the ground to the wartime appearance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,210 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on July 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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