Manassas National Battlefield Park Things to Do

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    HENRY HOUSE

    by mtncorg Written Nov 17, 2006

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    Cannons denote Union battery lines at Henry House
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    The Henry House was rebuilt after being destroyed in the two battles. Judith Carter Henry stayed at home during the First Manassas and was buried shortly thereafter in the family cemetery out back as a result. Cannons mark the Union positions as they faced the Confederates 300 yards away here atop the hill. There is also a large monument that was placed next to the house by Union veterans in commemoration of those Federals who fell here July 21, 1861. The monument was erected in 1865 and is one of the earliest Civil War monuments.

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    HENRY HILL LOOP

    by mtncorg Written Nov 17, 2006

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    Looking toward Henry House from Confederate lines
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    Just outside the Visitor Center on the north side, starts the one mile Henry Hill Loop which covers the climactic sites of the First Manassas. Walking in a clockwise direction takes you first along the Union lines to the Henry House, then over to the former site of the Robinson House before looping back along the Confederate lines to the crucial final stop where the Union right flank gave way. From experience, if the ground is wet - even if it isn’t raining - wear shoes that give water protection as the trail is - like many trails that wander across Civil War battlefields - just a wide mowed path through the fields.

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    Bridge Over Bull Run

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Stone Bridge over Bull Run

    This stone structure is a fine refurbishment of a similar span damaged extensively during the battles. As you can tell, the creek or "run" is a paltry watercourse during the summer, but still able to carry off the blood of the thousands of casualties who fell here during the Civil War.

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    The Stone House

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Stone House, Manassas

    If you've reached the Stone House on your tour, your navigational skills have so far proved faultless, but now you face the dilemma of which way to turn. Either you reconnect with the battlefield roads, or you take the Federal highway to Washington DC (known as the Warrenton Road in 1862).

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    Cannon and Monuments

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Manassas cannon and markers

    As at other national battlefields, cannon and monuments dot the grounds, but in the case of Manassas, certain battery installments are some distance from the park road in the fields. You can play around or interact with most of the objects to help visualize the conflicts that raged here in 1861-2.

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    Henry House

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Henry House

    Not far from the visitor center is the Henry House, the home of prominent residents of the area when Bull Run first started. One of few intact structures left on the battlefield, the house is relatively unscathed. Scions of the Henry family are marked by freestanding headstones in a small plot behind the home.

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    Colonel Cameron

    by Yaqui Written Jul 24, 2012

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    The plaque reads:

    Colonel Cameron of the 79th New York Regiment
    was killed here on July 21, 1861.
    Battle of First Manassas
    (Bull Run)

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    Lieutenant Ramsey

    by Yaqui Written Jul 24, 2012

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    The plaque reads:

    Lieutenant Ramsey
    of Ricketts' Battery was killed here July 21, 1861.
    Battle of First Manassas
    (Bull Run)

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    henry hill revisited

    by doug48 Written Nov 15, 2011

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    union bull run monument
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    pictured is the first union civil war monument erected on henry hill in 1865. this monument will be followed by thousands of civil war monuments erected all over the country.

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    Chinn House

    by mrclay2000 Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Chinn House ruins

    Not all the structures on the battlefield survived the war. The Chinn house is one example, where only the foundation marks what must have been a fairly substantial residence.

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