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Two battles were fought here, in 1861 and 1862. The First Battle of Manassas was nearly a defeat for the Confederates. But then General Thomas Jackson arrived on the scene with his Virginia infantry, who stopped the Union troops. Another Rebel general pointed to Jackson's men and said they were standing fast, "like a stone wall". And so Jackson acquired the nickname Stonewall.
After a very bloody fight, the Confederates won. The center of the fighting was Henry Hill, where a lone farmhouse stood. Inside, Judith Henry, an elderly woman, refused to budge. After the battle, her body was found under the bed. Today, the house stands next to a monument to the Union troops who also fell during this terrible battle.
The Second Battle was fought in 1862. Again, the Confederates won. It was the first indication that they just might win the war. By the way, the Yankees refer to this as the Battle of Bull Run, after nearby Bull Run Creek.
To better understand the battle, and obtain information on the walking and driving tours, please go to the Visitors Center first. Also, be sure to examine the displays inside.
Written Jul 16, 2007
Phone: (703) 754-1861
If you are into history, especially Civil War history, or just a nature lover, you must visit the Manassas Battlefield Park.
There are miles of hiking trails and a driving tour. The visitor center has good information on the first and second battles fought on the terrain and a small gift shop. Also, if you visit early in the morning or near sunset chances are you will see some of the herds of deer that populate the countryside.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Every Saturday, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, local farmers sell their produce here. It's also a great place to socialize and people-watch.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
In this old candy factory, dating to 1908, is a modest art gallery. Most of the works are photos by local artists. It also has youth activities, performing arts, and more.
Written Jul 16, 2007
Address: 9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110
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