Saturday, July 19, 2014

Manassas Battlefield Driving Tour

Last Sunday we took the Manassas Battlefield driving tour.  Since my ankle is still sprained, I didn't think it would be a good idea to do any lengthy hikes, so this time we skipped all the hiles. The park ranger tour at the first stop, (house shown below) lasts about 45 minutes.  I assured them we live nearby, so we'll definitely be back another day.
The Second Battle of Manassas began near here on the evening of August 28, 1862.

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Instead we listened to the audio of the Second Battle of Manassas while watching the interactive map light up showing troop movements and firing. This helped us see the big picture and understand where we would be while driving. We learned of a bayonet battle which I want to futher research, especially since the Second Battle of Manassas reenactors told us bayonets had no place in the Civil War. I argued that if they were useless, they would not have had them. Interesting I found information that contradicts their argument on the very property they held their reenactment (right outside this building).

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In one of the rooms was this soldier of the 5th New York Infantry Regiment. They chose to dress in the Zouave uniform that French troops wore in Africa. These soldiers went down in infamy because they are the largest regiment to have fallen in the battle. Very few survived the battle.

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This was our next stop. The house above is behind the trees towards the left.

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The battle began here.

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This is Sudley Church. Before church service began, the church attendees discovered their church had been turned into a hospital. There are a few hiking trails here we'd like to try one day.

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This is near an unfinished railroad bed...another site of the three day battle.



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This is a confederate cemetary.

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My son remembered this phrase from a WWI poem we had studied earlier in the year.

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Most of the graves are unmarked. This is one of the few markers with information on who is buried there.

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This is the remains of Hazel Plain, one of the many plantations in the area, which were quite simple compared to our expectations. Much of the battle occurred near here also. This house also served as a hospital. There are hiking trails nearby.

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Stone Bridge...site of the beginning of the First Battle of Manassas, site of the end of the Second Battle of Manassas.

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