The Rock Fight

The Rock Fight (HM5QF)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.279', W 77° 33.221'

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Second Battle of Manassas

— Day Three, August 30, 1862 —

Yankees were pinned down on the far side of the embankment, only ten yards away. After twenty minutes of continuous shooting, Confederates here were running out of ammunition. Frantically, they searched their dead and wounded comrades for cartridges. Others pried stones from the railroad grade and hurled them down on the enemy. Already shell-shocked, some bewildered Federals threw the stones right back.

The rock fight lasted only a minute. Reinforcements arrived and drove off the Federals.

The rock-throwing had no effect on the battle's outcome; the Federal attack had already weakened—yet the incident grew legendary, an image of the desperate, close-quarters fighting at Deep Cut.
HM NumberHM5QF
Series This marker is part of the Manassas Gap Railroad series
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 11:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278301 N 4300046
Decimal Degrees38.82131667, -77.55368333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.279', W 77° 33.221'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 16.74" N, 77° 33' 13.26" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11979 General Trimbles Ln, Manassas VA 20109, US
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