Fight at the Fenceline

Fight at the Fenceline (HM69S)

Location: Jacksonville, VA 20109 Prince William County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.422', W 77° 32.135'

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— Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —

From the left and rear came wave after wave of Confederates. At that moment the only troops facing them were two regiments of Ohio infantry taking cover behind the rail fence. (The Ohioans knew what was coming: they had witnessed the few surviving New York Zouaves stagger out of the woods.)

The Confederate columns divided around Chine House and swept toward the fence line, less than 100 yards away. Suddenly the Ohioans rose and fired. Their concentrated volley struck the front rank of the Confederates like a shock wave. For ten minutes deafening musket fire continued at close range until overwhelming numbers forced the Ohioans back along the ridge.

A Crucial Delay
Longstreet's massive counterattack had a chance to annihilate the Union Army, caught in the open after the repulse at Deep Cut, but the Ohioans bought the Union time. Now Union reinforcements rushed to Chinn Ridge; cannon wheeled into position on the far knoll where the pin oak stands. Those guns became the Confederate's next objective.
HM NumberHM69S
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 279828 N 4298417
Decimal Degrees38.80703333, -77.53558333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.422', W 77° 32.135'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 25.32" N, 77° 32' 8.10" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-198 Unnamed Road, Jacksonville VA 20109, US
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