Point Blank Volley

Point Blank Volley (HM1OC9)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.734', W 77° 31.233'

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First Battle of Manassas

— July 21, 1861 2:45 p.m. —

Captain Charles Griffin's cannon, a section of Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery, fired only two rounds when an unidentified line of infantry approached from the fence ahead. Who were they? Griffin proclaimed them the enemy. His commanding officer, the army's chief of artillery, disagreed. Reassured, the gunners resumed firing on the Confederate artillery in the distance.

The infantry advanced within forty paces of this position — point blank range — and leveled their muskets. A thunderous volley tore through the battery. Within moments the position was overrun by Confederates. Thought the 33rd Virginia momentarily captured these guns, the battle was far from over. Union reinforcements were coming up the hill from Sudley road.
HM NumberHM1OC9
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281150 N 4298958
Decimal Degrees38.81223333, -77.52055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.734', W 77° 31.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 44.04" N, 77° 31' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, US
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