The Fight for Matthews Hill Historical

The Fight for Matthews Hill Historical (HM1WXG)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.492', W 77° 31.889'

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First Battle of Mantissas

—July 21, 1861 10 a.m. —

Fighting opened here on Matthews Hill as Colonel Ambrose Burnside's brigade, leading the Union flanking column, collided with Confederates. Six James Rifles of the 2nd Rhode Island Battery established an advantageous position on the crest while Union infantry pressed forward into a cornfield beyond. With each few minutes that passed, more Federals reached the front.

Yet Union forces encountered stiff resistance. Confederate troops made headlong charges in a bold show of force that disguised their true weakness in numbers. It took over ninety minutes to dislodge the stubborn Confederates. Despite the unexpected delays, the Union commander emerged confident of success. General McDowell triumphantly announced "Victory! Victory! The day is ours!" The proclamation proved premature.

Artwork courtesy of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library
Placed ByManassas Nationa Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280239 N 4300386
Decimal Degrees38.82486667, -77.53148333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.492', W 77° 31.889'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 29.52" N, 77° 31' 53.34" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6215 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, US
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