Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Retreat from Chinn Ridge
—First Battle of Manassas —
There was no training for this moment, the New Englanders' first time under fire. They managed to get off a few ragged volleys, then the parade-style battle lines began to break.
The retreat gathered momentum, and soon the Union Army was headed back past Stone House and across Bull Run.
"I don't wish to say anything of what I saw on the field. God grant that I may never see the same again. Our retreat was all confusion and turmoil."
-Pvt. George S. Rollins, 3rd Maine Infantry
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 48.794′ N, 77° 31.813′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Chinn Ridge Loop half a mile west of Sudley Road (Virginia Road 234), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Chinn Ridge Loop walking trail, in the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The trail starts at stop nine of the driving
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Retreat from Chinn Ridge (here, next to this marker); Colonel Fletcher Webster (approx. ¼ mile away); Death of Fletcher Webster (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas (approx. ¼ mile away); Third Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Defending the Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Short of Total Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frank Head (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. In the upper right is a painting depicting the retreat. In the lower left is a map detailing the tactical situation discussed in the text.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named Retreat from Chinn Ridge (see nearby markers).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,061 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.