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Opening Shots (HM1S7D)

Location: Centreville, VA 20120 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.406', W 77° 30.616'

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First Battle of Manassas

— July 21, 1861 6 a.m. —

From this ridge, Colonel Nathan G. Evans stood watch over the Stone Bridge, prepared to contest Union efforts to cross Bull Run. His brigade of 1,100 Confederates anchored the left flank of a seven mile defensive line guarding Manassas Junction. At first light on July 21, Federals east of the bridge sent artillery shells screaming overhead. Skirmishers from both sides opened a sporadic musket fire.

After two hours Evans became suspicious; no Federal attack had developed. Soon he received a timely message via signal flag: "Look out for your left! You are turned!" Leaving a detachment here to guard the bridge, Evans shifted the balance of his brigade towards Matthews Hill, one mile to the west. There he hoped to intercept the Union advance and buy time for Confederate reinforcements to reach the field.
HM NumberHM1S7D
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282077 N 4300176
Decimal Degrees38.82343333, -77.51026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.406', W 77° 30.616'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 24.36" N, 77° 30' 36.96" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571, 202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10252-10318 US-29, Centreville VA 20120, US
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