Farm Ford

Farm Ford (HM16TU)

Location: Centreville, VA 20121 Prince William County
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N 38° 49.675', W 77° 30.561'

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First Battle of Manassas

— July 21, 1861 - 11 a.m. —

Colonel William T. Sherman spent the morning searching for a location suitable for his brigade to cross Bull Run. He ruled out the Stone Bridge - its narrow span stood too exposed, and rumors circulated that the bridge was mined. Turning his attention upstream, Sherman received unexpected assistance from a reckless Confederate. A Southern officer, possibly Major Roberdeau Wheat rode down from this bluff and stood in the creek taunting Union soldiers. In the process, he revealed a shallow crossing place.

When ordered across Bull Run to join the fighting in progress on Matthews Hill, Sherman chose to use the shallow "farm ford" he had discovered earlier. His troops proceeded single file and met no opposition since the Confederates had departed to intercept the union flanking column. There was no established road to or from the ford, and the steep terrain prevented Sherman's artillery from joining the movement.
HM NumberHM16TU
Year Placed2012
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 4:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282170 N 4300672
Decimal Degrees38.82791667, -77.50935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.675', W 77° 30.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 40.50" N, 77° 30' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10026-10250 Lee Highway, Centreville VA 20121, US
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