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A Battlefield Guide

Ethan S. Rafuse

Publication Year: 2014

This volume is the essential guide to the Manassas battlefields, site of two of the Civil War’s critical campaigns. Ethan S. Rafuse, a distinguished scholar of the Civil War, provides a clearly organized, thorough, and uniquely insightful account of both campaigns, along with expert analysis and precise directions for armchair traveler and battlefield visitor alike.

The July 1861 Battle of First Manassas and the August 1862 Battle of Second Manassas unequivocally influenced the course and outcome of the Civil War. The first battle dealt a decisive blow to hopes that the inexperienced armies of the North and the South could bring about a quick military resolution of the secession crisis. The second battle was the climactic engagement of a spectacular campaign that carried the war to the outskirts of Washington DC and marked the coming of age of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Manassas: A Battlefield Guide presents readers with a clear, convenient guide to the sites in northern and central Virginia that shaped the course and outcome of these campaigns. Lucid, concise narratives give readers a better understanding of the events that took place on these battlefields and of the terrain, personalities, and decisions that shaped them.

Published by: University of Nebraska Press


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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-viii

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pp. ix-xii

...who invited me to contribute this volume to the This Hallowed Ground series and offered welcome guidance and encouragement throughout the process. Brooks especially merits appreciation...

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pp. xiii-xiv

...Virginia. Both sides eagerly anticipated the first major clash of arms, were confident that they would achieve victory, and were hopeful that the outcome of the battle would be decisive enough to bring...

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How to Use This Guide

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pp. xv-xvii

...Most stops require about twenty to twenty- five minutes to complete. A few, such as Henry Hill and Deep Cut, take a bit longer. The main tour can be completed in approximately eight hours, though if you find...

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First Manassas

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pp. 1-52

...expected and demanded that a major battle take place in Virginia that summer. In the aftermath of the April 1861 battle at Fort Sumter a rage militarie had seized both the North and the South. Professional military officers like McDowell were acutely conscious of the...

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Second Manassas

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pp. 53-138

...took a massive Union army commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan to within 10 miles of Richmond by June. McClellan’s efforts were greatly hampered, though, by the withholding of what he believed to be essential forces and by directives from Washington issued in response...

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First Manassas Campaign Excursion

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pp. 139-149

...highway. Proceed 1.4 miles to the parking area for Stone Bridge on the left side of the road. Exit your vehicle and follow the trail at the end of the parking lot for 100 yards to the overlook by the nps...

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Jackson’s Line Excursion

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pp. 150-158

...yards along the gun line to a point between the nps markers “Historic Farm Road Trace” and “Various sections of Virginia Artillery.” Turn left here and face toward the Henry House and Bull Run Monument...

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Second Manassas Campaign Excursion

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pp. 159-207

...and the command decisions and events that shaped them. Because it involves travel over a number of back roads, it is recommended that you read this section, as well as the Road to Second Manassas chapter that...

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Chantilly Excursion

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pp. 208-223

...parking lot for Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Pull in here and park your vehicle near the “Campaign of Second Manassas” marker next to U.S. 50, walk over toward the marker, and turn right to face east...

Appendix A: Orders of Battle

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pp. 224-235

Appendix B: Organization, Weapons, and Tactics

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pp. 236-245


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pp. 246-251

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For Further Reading

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pp. 252-253

...University of Nebraska Press, 2008. Examines the Second Manassas Campaign in the context of the series of Confederate offensives in 1862 that carried the war in the East from the outskirts of Richmond to the gates...

Other Works in the Series

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pp. 254-254

E-ISBN-13: 9780803254268
E-ISBN-10: 0803254261
Print-ISBN-13: 9780803236431

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 874832577
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Subject Headings

  • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park (Va.) -- Guidebooks.
  • Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862.
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