Battling for the Rocky Knoll

Battling for the Rocky Knoll (HM1NUP)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 50.327', W 77° 32.252'

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Second Battle of Manassas

— Day Two - August 29, 1862 —

Stonewall Jackson's defensive line extended nearly two miles - from Sudley Church to the Brawner Farm. Many of his 24,000 troops were posted behind the cuts and fills of the unfinished railroad grade before you. The formidable position enabled Jackson to confront an enemy twice the size of his own command until Longstreet's troops could reach the battlefield.Throughout the day, the heaviest attacks fell on General Maxcy Gregg's South Carolina brigade, which anchored the left end of the Confederate line. Crowded atop a rocky knoll behind the railroad grade, Gregg's 1,200 men withstood six separate assaults. With his brigade on the brink of collapse, Gregg brandished his grandfather's Revolutionary War sword, waved it around his head, and exhorted, "Let us die here, my men, let us die here!" His words rallied the troops. Although outnumbered, exhausted, and nearly out of ammunition, Gregg's line held.
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Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg
The largest threat of the day came at 5 p.m., when General Philip Kearny's Union division assailed Jackson's left flank.
The grave of Lt. Col. Daniel Ledbetter of the 1st (Orr's) South Carolina Rifles, located in Sudley Church cemetery.
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Date Added Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279757 N 4301946
Decimal Degrees38.83878333, -77.53753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.327', W 77° 32.252'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 19.62" N, 77° 32' 15.12" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5400 VA-234, Manassas VA 20109, US
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