Counterattack

Counterattack (HM5OK)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.719', W 77° 31.301'

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— First Battle of Manassas —

Dead cannoneers lay in rows between their cannon, dead horses along the back slope; the Union guns were immobilized yet still a magnet for both armies. Up this slope marched the 14th Brooklyn, resplendent in Zouave uniforms. They managed to recapture Griffin's two guns—for a few moments.

From here to Ricketts' cannon (the start of the walking tour) the fighting fell into a bloody, seesaw pattern: Confederates capturing the line or artillery, Federals driving them off, then reinforcements again charging the guns. Late in the afternoon Confederates finally seized and held Henry Hill.

Union Retreat. The battle was decided on Henry Hill but ended on Chinn Ridge (the rising ground to the left). From here fresh Confederate brigades crossed Sudley Road and overwhelmed the Union right flank. An exhibit there depicts that final assault.

Thirteen months later, these armies fought over the same terrain. Check the park folder for the auto tour of Second Manassas.
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HM NumberHM5OK
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:53am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 281051 N 4298933
Decimal Degrees38.81198333, -77.52168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.719', W 77° 31.301'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 43.14" N, 77° 31' 18.06" 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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