Blocking the Union Advance Historical

Blocking the Union Advance Historical (HM1WXH)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.344', W 77° 31.696'

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First Battle of Manassas

—July 21, 1861 10:30 a.m. —

After Departing their position near the Stone Bridge, Confederate troops under Colonel Nathan Evans deployed on this ground to intercept the enemy flanking column advancing southward on the Sudley Road. Knowing they were outnumbered, their only hope was to slow the Federal column long enough for reinforcements to arrive.

The advancing Federals drove back Confederate skirmishers and gained the crest of Matthews Hill. The fighting intensified as fresh troops on both sides arrived to extend the opposing lines along a half-mile front. After nearly two hours, outnumbered and outflanked, the Confederates retreated in disarray. The battle seemed lost, but Confederate reinforcements were arriving on Henry Hill to form a new defensive position.

Confederate General Barnard E. Bee, still wearing his blue U.S. Army frock coat, orders forward the 4th Alabama Regiment in an unsuccessful attempt to halt the Union advance on Matthews Hill.
Painting by Don Troiani
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 280511 N 4300105
Decimal Degrees38.82240000, -77.52826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.344', W 77° 31.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 20.64" N, 77° 31' 41.76" 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 6131-6191 VA-234, Manassas VA 20109, US
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