Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide (HM1OD3)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.765', W 77° 31.157'

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First Battle of Manassas

— July 21, 1861 2:30 p.m. —

The Confederate army had been fighting for time. Efforts to delay the enemy's advance bought that time in blood — essential hours that allowed Southern reinforcements to reach the battlefield. Many regiments marched up from defensive positions downstream. Others had just disembarked from trains at Manassas Junction. All moved rapidly to the front — many by following the growing sound of battle.

The arrival of Confederate reinforcements coincided with the Union advance to Henry Hill. The 33rd Virginia Infantry, deployed here behind the fence line, waited tensely under an enemy bombardment. Soon the Virginians spotted two Union cannon unlimbering on the knoll directly ahead. Yet surprisingly the two guns focused on the Rebel batteries and paid little heed to the Virginians.

More than 16,000 troops, approximately half of the Confederate forces, participated in the fight for Henry Hill. Their timely arrival offset the initial numerical advantage enjoyed by the Federals and helped turn the tide of battle. The rest of Beauregard's army remained in defensive positions guarding the lower fords of Bull Run.
HM NumberHM1OD3
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281261 N 4299012
Decimal Degrees38.81275000, -77.51928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.765', W 77° 31.157'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 45.9" N, 77° 31' 9.42" 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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