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076-0271 Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 01/16/1973

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1966

NPS property number 66000039

The 300 acre tract bordered by Bull Run was the scene of two Confederate victories. The first battle of Manassas, fought July 21, 1861, was the opening engagement of the Civil War and pitted Union Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell’s unseasoned troops against ill trained but spirited Confederates under Brig. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard. The Union attack was repulsed by Confederates inspired by Gen. Thomas J. Jackson and his Virginians, who stood against the enemy like a “stone wall,” earning Jackson his famous epithet. Second Manassas, fought on August 28 30, 1862, cleared the way for Gen. Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North. Surviving landmarks include the Dogan house, a Union snipers’ nest in 1862; the Stone House, a Union field hospital during both battles; and the stone bridge, blown up in 1861 but reconstructed in the 1880s. The battlefield is a property of the National Park Service.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 7, 2018