A Debt Repaid

A Debt Repaid (HM165G)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 50.399', W 77° 32.187'

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The stone rubble is all that remains of Christian Hill, the postwar home of Amos and Margaret Benson. Following the First Battle of Manassas, the Bensons discovered a wounded Union soldier, Private John Rice of the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry, left for dead near Sudley Church. For ten days, the Bensons dressed his wounds, provided him with food and water, and protected him from the elements. Rice eventually made a complete recovery.

In 1886, John Rice returned to the Bull Run battlefield and found the Bensons at Christian Hill. Rice inquired how he might repay them for their past kindness. The Bensons, active members of Sudley Church, remarked that the congregation remained saddled with debt incurred from rebuilding their war-wrecked sanctuary.

Upon returning home, Rice took his story to the local newspaper. Within four days, residents contributed $235 - more than enough to cover the church debt. Rice jubilantly forwarded the donation, hoping the gift "might dispel the last doubt of a complete and lasting reconciliation between North and South."
HM NumberHM165G
Year Placed2012
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 3:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279854 N 4302076
Decimal Degrees38.83998333, -77.53645000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.399', W 77° 32.187'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 23.94" N, 77° 32' 11.22" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5405 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, US
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