Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—First Battle of Manassas —
Here, about 11:00 a.m., Col. William T. Sherman led his four regiments across Bull Run and joined the Union drive toward Henry Hill. Later that day the ford was used again, this time by the retreating Union army.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 49.641′ N, 77° 30.502′ W. Marker was near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the Manassas National Battlefield Park, along the Stone Bridge Trail loop. Marker was 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. A different marker also named Farm Ford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Van Pelt House (approx. ¼ mile away); Opening Shots (approx. 0.3 miles away); 4th South Carolina Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Union Retreat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Strategic Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Stone Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker.
Also see . . . Report of Col. William T. Sherman. Sherman included a rather detailed report after the battle. Of the crossing at Farm Ford, Sherman wrote, "We found no difficulty in crossing over, and met no opposition in ascending the steep bluff opposite with our infantry, but it was impassable to the artillery...." (Submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Incorrect Location
Park historians at Manassas have concluded the long cited location of Farm Ford is incorrect. The ford was actually a few hundred yards upstream. This marker is due to be replaced in the near future by a marker placed at the newly established ford location.
— Submitted August 13, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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 1,124 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.