The Union Fifth Corps at Dawkins Branch

The Union Fifth Corps at Dawkins Branch (HM13K1)

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

N 38° 46.571', W 77° 33.058'

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On the morning of August 29, 1862, the Union Fifth Corps, nearly 10,000 troops under Major General Fitz John Porter, advanced from Manassas Junction along this road under orders from Major General John Pope to march towards Gainesville and cut off the presumed escape of Stonewall Jackson's forces. Upon reaching Dawkins Branch about 11:30 a.m., Porter's column met Confederate resistance. Dust clouds to the west, generated by Confederate cavalry, gave the impression of a large enemy column. As skirmishing continued throughout the afternoon, Porter learned it was General James Longstreet's wing of Robert E. Lee's army confronting him. Unable to connect with Pope's left flank near Groveton, Porter did not press an attack against Longstreet's superior numbers. The presence of Union troops here kept Longstreet from moving against Pope on August 29 but Porter's inaction made him a convenient scapegoat for the Union defeat at Second Manassas and led to his Court-Martial, which was eventually overturned in 1876.
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HM NumberHM13K1
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByPrince William County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:49pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278397 N 4295030
Decimal Degrees38.77618333, -77.55096667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.571', W 77° 33.058'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 34.26" N, 77° 33' 3.48" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7351-7377 Wellington Rd, Manassas VA 20109, US
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