Retreat from Chinn Ridge

Retreat from Chinn Ridge (HM6BQ)

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

N 38° 48.794', W 77° 31.813'

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— First Battle of Manassas —

Expecting to outflank the Rebels, Col. Oliver O. Howard's Maine and Vermont regiments reached the top of this rise in two lines of battle. Suddenly the air exploded with shell fragments. A Confederate battery had opened fire from the Chinn House yard. Masses of Confederate infantry came charging out of the woods below.

There was no training for this moment, the New Englanders' first time under fire. They managed to get off a few ragged volleys, then the parade-style battle lines began to break.

The retreat gathered momentum, and soon the Union Army was headed back past Stone House and across Bull Run.

"I don't wish to say anything of what I saw on the field. God grant that I may never see the same again. Our retreat was all confusion and turmoil."
-Pvt. George S. Rollins, 3rd Maine Infantry
HM NumberHM6BQ
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:07am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280313 N 4299092
Decimal Degrees38.81323333, -77.53021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.794', W 77° 31.813'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 47.64" N, 77° 31' 48.78" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-757 Unnamed Road, Martinsburg VA 20109, US
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