The Rock Fight

The Rock Fight (HM1PNT)

Location: Manassas, VA 20109 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.285', W 77° 33.213'

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Second Battle of Manassas

— Day Three August 30, 1862 3:30 p.m. —

Yankees were pinned down on the far side of the embankment only yards away. After twenty minutes of continuous shooting, Confederates here were running out of ammunition. Frantically, they searched their dead and wounded comrades for cartridges. Others pried stones from the railroad grade and hurled them down on the enemy. Already shell-shocked, some bewildered Federals threw the stones right back.

The rock fight lasted but a moment. By the time the Confederates resorted to such desperate tactics, the enemy attack had already weakened. Soon reinforcements arrived to drive off the remaining Federals. The rock-throwing had no effect on the battle's outcome. Yet the incident grew legendary, an image of the desperate, close-quarters fighting at Deep Cut.

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Painting by Don Troiani
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HM NumberHM1PNT
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Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278313 N 4300057
Decimal Degrees38.82141667, -77.55355000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.285', W 77° 33.213'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 17.1" N, 77° 33' 12.78" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11979 General Trimbles Ln, Manassas VA 20109, US
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