Fighting in Twilight

Fighting in Twilight (HM5II)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.769', W 77° 32.774'

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The Hatch-Hood Collision

— Second Battle of Manassas - Day Two - August 29, 1862 —

Officers said the Rebels were retreating. Hatch's Division was ordered to pursue. Marching double-quick west on the turnpike, the Federals reached this hill just after sundown.

Suddenly the ridge erupted with fire. In the confusion—screaming horses, showers of earth and shrapnel—soldiers lined up in the wrong regiments.

In the dying light, New York troops saw movement in the dark woods to the left. Voices shouted "Don't fire on us, boys, we are coming to help you!" The Federals held their fire, but then a terrible volley of bullets smacked into them. Muzzle-flashes revealed gray uniforms among the trees.

(sidebar) Maj. Gen. Irving McDowell said in loud tones, "General Hatch, the enemy is in full retreat. Pursue him rapidly!" At the same time, two miles west, Confederate Maj. Gen. James Longstreeet had ordered Hood's Division to make a reconnaissance along the turnpike. The two forces collided here. Though darkness prevented any decisive action, the engagement had great significance. Longstreet and the other half of the Confederate Army had arrived on the field.
HM NumberHM5II
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278921 N 4299085
Decimal Degrees38.81281667, -77.54623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.769', W 77° 32.774'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 46.14" N, 77° 32' 46.44" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 381 N Broadway, Manassas VA 20109, US
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