Opening Shots

Opening Shots (HM69B)

Location: Centreville, VA 20120 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.399', W 77° 30.622'

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"Look Out for Your Left!"

— First Battle of Manassas —

Confederates were spread out along this ridge - 1100 men commanded by Col. Nathan "Shanks" Evans. At first light, Federals east of Stone Bridge sent a cannon shell screaming overhead. Skirmishers from both sides opened a sporadic musket fire.

After two hours Colonel Evans became suspicious; no Federal attack had developed. Then an officer flagged a message from the signal post near Manassas Junction: "Look out for your left! You are turned!"

Leaving a small force here to guard the bridge, Evans shifted his badly outnumbered troops toward Matthews Hill, a mile west. There he hoped to blunt the Federal flank attack.
HM NumberHM69B
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 3:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282068 N 4300164
Decimal Degrees38.82331667, -77.51036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.399', W 77° 30.622'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 23.94" N, 77° 30' 37.32" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10252-10318 Lee Highway, Centreville VA 20120, US
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