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  • Commemorating Second Manassas

    by Casey | Posted on August 20th, 2012

    Virginia is home to more Civil War sites than any other state, nearly 800 in total. Experience a bit of that history up close and personal this weekend as the 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas is commemorated at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

    Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Manassas National Battlefield Park

    According to the National Park Service, “The campaign and battle of Second Manassas demonstrated the impact of an expanding war, both in terms of the size of the armies that fought here and in the numbers of casualties resulting from the battle. The campaign showed the effects of a widening Union war effort, resulting in increasing impacts upon civilians and consideration of emancipation as a war aim. The campaign also marked the rise of Robert E. Lee as a battlefield commander: his success at Second Manassas opened the opportunity to the Confederate army to carry the war into the North, leading directly to the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam.”

    Ways to experience the history of the Battle of Second Manassas:

    • August 25
    • August 26
      • Thoroughfare Gap: A Walking Tour. Led by historian Jim Burgess. 90 minutes. Chapman (Beverly) Mill. 3 p.m.
      • Manassas Junction and Its Railroads: From Union Lifeline to Confederate Prize. One hour talk. Manassas Museum – 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas. 7 p.m.
      • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm.
    • August 28
      • Tour: Brawner Farm – The Battle Begins. Guided walking tour with a park historian, tracing the routes of the opposing battle lines at the beginning of the Second Battle of Manassas. Brawner Farm Interpreter Center. 7 p.m.
    • August 29
      • Tour: Standoff at the Railroad. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Focuses on the morning fight near Sudley Church on August 29, 1862. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 10 a.m.
      • Tour: Breakthrough at the Railroad. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Highlights the attacks on the Confederates along the Unfinished Railroad. Tour Stop 6. 90 minutes. 2 p.m.
      • Tour: Battling for the Rocky Knoll. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Uncovers the struggle of the afternoon battle behind the Unfinished Railroad. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 4 p.m.
      • Tour: Clash at Groverton Crossroads. Guided walking tour with a park historian. See what dusk at Groverton might have looked like as you hear about the August 29, 1862 evening fight. Tour Stop 9. 7 p.m.
    • August 30
      • Tour: Robinson Farm: Behind Union Lines. Guided walking tour with a park historian. Learn what the battle experience was like for free African-American James Robinson and his family. Visitor Center. 60 minutes. 11 a.m.
      • Tour: Slaughter at Deep Cut. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The largest Union assault by the troops under Fitz John Porter will be detailed. Tour Stop 7. 90 minutes. 2 p.m.
      • Tour: Counterattack at Chinn Ridge. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The Confederates battle back. New York Monuments (Tour Stop 9). 90 minutes. 4 p.m.
      • Tour: Battling Until Sunset: The Struggle for Henry Hill. Guided walking tour with a park historian. The final phase of Manassas-Sudley Road and on Henry Hill. Visitor Center. 90 minutes. 7 p.m.
    • August 31
      • Tour: On the Battle Lines: Sudley Church at Second Manassas. Guided walking tour with a park historian along the Unfinished Railroad to key battle sites and Sudley Church. Hear how the battle impacted the community. Vespers service at Sudley Church following the tour, including period music and guest speaker. Sudley Church (Tour Stop 5). 90 minutes. 6 p.m.
    • September 1
      • Second Manassas Lecture Series. Visitor Center Auditorium.
        • 11 a.m. – Alan Gaff, author of Brave Men’s Tears
        • 1 p.m. – Stephen Potter, editor of Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War
        • 3 p.m. – John Hennessy, author  of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
        • 7 p.m. – James I. Robertson, Sr. – author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, The Legend
      • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm (Tour Stop 1).
    • September 2
      • Second Manassas Lecture Series. Visitor Center Auditorium.
        • 11 a.m. – John Matsui, author of the forthcoming book The First Republican Army
        • 1 p.m. – Scott C. Patchan, author of Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge
      • Living History and Weapons Demonstration. Artillery firing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cavalry demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm. Infantry firing at 12 and 2 p.m. Brawner Farm (Tour Stop 1).

    Manassas National Battlefield Park is located at 6511 Sudley Road in Manassas, Virginia.

    Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Know Before You Go:

    • Park Map
    • Admission is $3 per person (16 and older) for three days’ entry to Manassas National Battlefield Park.
    • Henry Hill Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of special events as mentioned above.
    • “Manassas: End of Innocence” is a 45-minute film that covers both the First and Second Battles of Manassas. Shown on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. in the Henry Hill Visitor Center.
    • Park Rules: No climbing on monuments or cannons * Pets must be leashed * Alcohol and metal detectors are prohibited * Park in designated areas only * Bicycles are prohibited on trails

    Visit the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile August 24-26 at the Manassas Visitor Center to see the Civil War from a variety of points of view – young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians. To explore real lives of the Civil War online, visit WalkInTheirFootsteps.com - unexpected stories of real people who did extraordinary things.

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