Strategic Crossing

Strategic Crossing (HM1NZL)

Location: Centreville, VA 20120 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.467', W 77° 30.189'

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First Battle of Manassas

— July 21, 1861 - 6 a.m. —

Originally constructed in 1825, the Stone Bridge carried the Warrenton Turnpike across Bull Run. Its ability to carry traffic across the steep-sided stream, even at times of high water, gave the bridge a key role in the Civil War. Both sides recognized its strategic importance.
At daybreak, Union artillery fired the opening shots of First Manassas from a ridge one-half mile to the east (behind you). The attack was a ruse. The main Union column circled upstream instead, intending to surprise and outflank the Confederates by crossing at the unguarded Sudley Ford.
Caption:Prior to abandoning the Manassas area, Confederate troops blew up the original bridge in March 1862. The current structure dates to 1884.
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Date Added Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282698 N 4300272
Decimal Degrees38.82445000, -77.50315000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.467', W 77° 30.189'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 28.02" N, 77° 30' 11.34" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16020 Lee Hwy, Centreville VA 20120, US
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