Point-Blank Volley

Point-Blank Volley (HM5KM)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.736', W 77° 31.233'

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— First Battle of Manassas —

In clear view of artillerymen here, Confederates lined up at the fence and trees across the open field. The two cannon and supporting infantry could have stopped the Rebels cold, yet the four hundred charging Virginians were able to fire a musket volley at such close range that they virtually wiped out the Union gun crews. Congressional inquiries failed to clear up the mystery: how did the Confederates manage to get that close?

Though the 33rd Virginia captured these guns, the battle was far from over. New York infantry were marching up from Sudley Road to counterattack.
HM NumberHM5KM
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 10:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281150 N 4298962
Decimal Degrees38.81226667, -77.52055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.736', W 77° 31.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 44.16" N, 77° 31' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, US
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