Manassas Trip

March 2010

Fort Ward

Clive Rice scouted and arranged the tour.  Fort Ward was part of a system of forts built after 1st Manassas to defend Washington, DC that made the capital virtually impregnable.  The fort has been restored to its wartime appearance.

The Rice clan, left to right, Clive, then Clive's cousin from Connecticut Michael Rice, then Betty Rice, then Michael's wife Carol.

Pat and Al Baril with Deanne Cebulash.

First Manassas

Peekabo, Ed Bearss sees you!


The Stone Bridge - Union troops fled across this bridge at the close of the battle.

Watch out, Ed.  It might be loaded.

The recent statue of Stonewall Jackson depicts a superhero version of the general complete with cape and massive doses of steroids.

Soon after the battle, the Confederates placed the first monument on the battlefield on top of this rock, now wedged among three trees.  This original monument was soon vandalized by Union troops.

The Henry House was caught in the crossfire, and Mrs Henry died.


The Stone House still shows evidence of the battle.


Hotel towel art.

Ed Bearss spoke after dinner and was presented with a plaque, his second from the Roanoke Civil War Round Table.  A veritable walking encyclopedia, Ed noted that this one was made of lighter wood.

Chapman's Mill at Thoroughfare Gap


Chapman's Mill was recently the target of an arsonist.  It is the tallest masonry structure in the country that doesn't have mortar.  During the 2nd Manassas campaign, the Union army lost an excellent opportunity to block Longstreet's corps at nearby Thoroughfare Gap, which would have isolated Jackson's corps near Manassas.

Second Manassas

The area around Brawner Farm and SD Lee's guns has recently been cleared of trees, restoring the landscape to its wartime appearance.  The guns here enfiladed the attacking Union troops at Deep Cut.

Soon after the battle, the Federals erected two monuments on the battlefield.  This one commemorates the second battle of Manassas at Deep Cut, where the Union V Corps attacked the Confederates defending an unfinished railroad cut.



Ed Bearss models the new Roanoke Civil War Round Table cap, available for $15.  A Virginia sequicentennial pin is $5 and gets you discounts at various locations.

Ed Bearss meets Phil Sheridan.

That evening, we conducted a seance to ask Gen Bee if his statement, "There stands Jackson like a stone wall", was meant to be complimentary or derogatory.  Gen Bee said that he would reveal that only to Ed Bearss IN PERSON in 100 to 150 years.

Chantilly or Ox Hill

The battle at Chantilly occured the day after 2nd Manassas.  Lee sent Jackson on a march to cut off the Union retreat.  Little remains of the battlefield, but its loss to development in the 1980s spurred the creation of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, now the Civil War Preservation Trust.


Larry Gordon spoke after dinner on the last night.

Ball's Bluff


Our guide at Ball's Bluff was James Morgan, who wrote a book on the battle.

The new Round Table cap reminds us all that is well worth a visit.


These are the bluffs and the view of the Potomac from them.

The Potomac


The National Cemetery

Sue Ann Boothe

After two days of struggling to keep up with the world's coolest octagenarian, Round Table members were passed on the Ball's Bluff trail by a girl on crutches.

Group photo.

Photos by John Graham, Clive Rice, Philip Sheridan, and Dick Uplinger.

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