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This famous statue of Stonewall Jackson is a key battlefield attraction.
First Manassas Battlefield
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6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109
Park = daylight hours. Visitor center is open 8:30-5:00, closed some holidays.
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Established in 1940 and about 5,000 acres, Manassas National Battlefield preserves the countryside associated with the first and second battles of Manassas in the US Civil War.
The First Battle of Manassas was fought in July 1861, only a few months after the fall of Fort Sumter. Union troops sought to end the war with a quick march on Richmond. They advanced to Manassas junction, which was an important crossroads. Although troops on both sides were new to soldiering and were poorly trained, Union forces launched a successful flank attack on the Confederate left wing, driving Southern troops back to Henry Hill. Confederate reinforcements began arriving, including Thomas Jackson and a brigade of Virginians. Jackson received his famous nickname of Stonewall when another Confederate general pointed to Jackson’s stoic stance as a rallying cry for faltering troops. Southern lines firmed, and then they launched counterattacks. After a long struggle for control of Henry Hill, Union forces began to retreat and soon were routed. The Confederates did not actively pursue.
The visitor center is small, but features a fiber optic map of the battle and an insightful 45 minute orientation film that covers both Manassas battles. A one mile trail along Henry Hill includes important parts of the first battle. The Stone House and Southern artillery line are interesting. The battlefield is little changed from its 1861 appearance, but could benefit from more detailed signage. Also, the historic houses at Manassas only are open seasonally. The battlefield experience is average, but a visit should still be of interest to most people given the historical significance of this key engagement.
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