"The Battles Begin" Top 5 Page for this destination Manassas National Battlefield Park by mrclay2000

What Price Glory?

In 1861 not far from Washington DC, the first important battle of the Civil War began at Manassas Junction as it was known in the South, or Bull Run as it was known in the North. Considering the safety of Washington as paramount, the military high command attempted to direct the Federal attack from headquarters rather than on the field, which partly resulted in the Confederate forces overturning the Federal assault. The humiliating rout and flight of the Union line woke the nation that the war would not conclude in a matter of months, but would rather take a number of years. Five thousand casualties were left on the field, an appalling number at the time. The following summer at the same place, the Second Manassas caused 25,000 casualties. As Sherman would later say, "War is All Hell."

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  • Pros:Many of the relics and structures still stand
  • Cons:Easy to lose your way when tour roads become local roads
  • In a nutshell:The site of the first important Civil War conflict
  • Last visit to Manassas National Battlefield Park: Aug 1995
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2003
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  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2006 at 5:10 PM

    Interesting page. This one is next up on my civil war tour. If I ever get to it, that is.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 7:16 PM

    This is one Civil War battlefield I hope to see. Great page!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2003 at 8:50 PM

    great page on history...I learnt a bit more about the Civil War today, thanks for sharing

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2003 at 7:51 AM

    One of the Great Historic Battlefields! Fantastic Page!

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2003 at 9:26 AM

    Beautiful stones, and a peaceful setting masking the violent past.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2003 at 7:07 PM

    The stone structures are beautiful. The history....most melancholy.

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2003 at 8:59 AM

    Splendid. Another great site, I learn a lot from your pages. The Stone House looks to be in great condition. The link was helpful aswell.

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