Manassas was a collection of plantations before the opening shots of the First Battle of Bull (Manassas). Union Brigadier General Irvin McDowell commanded 35,000 troops of the Army of Northeastern Virginia who marched from Washington, D. C. to Centreville along the Alexandria Turnpike to seize Manassas Junction. This was a vital transportation route where the Orange and Alexandria Railroad met the Manassas Gap Railroad leading west to the Shenandoah Valley. If McDowell seized this junction, he would control the best overland approach to the Confederate capital of Richmond. The fate of Manassas was forever changed.
The Union attack on July 21, 1861 at Sudley Springs was originally planned to cross Bull Run at the Stone Bridge. But false rumors lead Union planners to believe the Stone Bridge was readied with explosives for the Union approach. As a result, the Union Army of Northeastern Virginia, the… Continue reading
The historic district of Fredericksburg, Virginia is known for the National Park Service Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Below are a few of the hundreds of historical markers and locations surrounding historic Fredericksburg Virginia.
The University of Mary Washington has published the best overview of historic Fredericksburg Virginia I’ve read to date. The extended research related to this marker outlines Early Exploration of John Smith and John Lederer, the First Settlement reviewing the establishment of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s childhood home; Chatham, the Georgian mansion of planter William Fitzhugh; Kenmore Plantation, the home of Fielding Lewis and Betty Washington; and Fall Hill (c. 1736), the home of the Thornton family. Fredericksburg During the Revolution featured America’s… Continue reading
Most attractions in Caroline County are historic sites linked to the Civil War 1864 Overland Campaign of Union General Ulysses S. Grant. There are many historic markers throughout Caroline County citing the movements and delaying actions of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by George Meade between the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House to the Battle of North Anna (River) before heading east to the Battle of Cold Harbor. We have taken photographs of many attractions and historic sites in Caroline County, and researched many of these historical markers. The pictures are in the following albums: