Commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) through a variety of events being held August 30th - September 1, 2019 in Prince William, VA.

 

Manassas National Battlefield Park

150th Reenactment musket firing

The 157th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) will be commemorated at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The event starts Friday, August 30th with a tour detailing the opening engagement of the battle and leads up to the final climactic struggle on the slopes of Henry Hill Sunday, September 1st. Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy a variety of historian led walking tours, living history demonstrations, camp life, and weapons firing. Park entrance, tours and demonstrations are all free to the public.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 30, 2019

7:00 p.m. Tour: Brawner Farm - The Battle Begins 
Join a park historian for a guided walking tour tracing the opposing battle lines at the opening engagement of the Second Battle of Manassas. 90 minutes. Tour departs from the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center (Stop #1) 

August 31, 2019

10:00 a.m. Tour: Standoff at the Railroad
This walking tour focusing on the morning fighting near Sudley Church along the railroad grade on August 29. Tour departs from Sudley Church, near Tour Stop 5. 

1:00 p.m. Tour: Breakthrough at the Railroad 
Join a park historian for a walking tour covering the afternoon attacks on the Confederate line along the Unfinished Railroad, detailing the brief success of Cuvier Grover's brigade in breaking through the Confederate front. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 6.

4:00 p.m. Tour: Battling for the Rocky Knoll 
This program details the desperate struggle along and behind the Unfinished Railroad during the late afternoon of August 29. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Sudley Church, near Tour Stop 5. 

7:00 p.m. Tour: Twilight Clash 
Join park staff for a tour focused on the twilight clash that occurred on the evening of August 29, 1862, near the hamlet of Groveton. Parking along New York Avenue (Tour Stop #9). 

September 1, 2019

11 a.m. Tour: Slaughter at Deep Cut 
This walking tour covers the largest Union assault during the battle, the afternoon attack of Fitz John Porter's troops at the Deep Cut on August 30. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 7.

2:00 p.m. Tour: Counterattack at Chinn Ridge 
A guided walking tour covering the massive Confederate counterattack and the desperate struggle on Chinn Ridge and along Sudley Road. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 10. 

5:00 p.m. Tour: Final Struggle for Sudley Road
Join a park historian for a walking tour focused on the climatic struggle along Sudley Road and the western slopes of Henry Hill that occurred at dusk on August 30, 1862. 90 minutes. Please meet at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.

Living History

Living history demonstrations will be offered on the weekend of August 31 - September 1, offering portrayals of camp life, drill, and historic weapons firing. Demonstrations will take place at the Brawner Farm, Tour Stop 1. 

Firing Times: 

Infantry 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Artillery 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the Henry Hill Visitor Center at (703)-361-1339 x 0 

 

Places to Stay Near I-66

 

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

Event Flyer for 157th Battle of Kettle Run Anniversary Tours

Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff and volunteers on the 157th anniversary of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's capture of Bristoe Station and the Battle of Kettle Run – the opening round of what would become the Second Battle of Manassas. This August 27th battle, while small, was bloody and took a heavy toll on the regiments that fought there. Visit the park on the anniversary for specialized in-time walking tours that will make this forgotten battle come to life in vivid detail.

Regular tours of the battlefield will be offered hourly between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. See the schedule of events below to join one of our special anniversary tours.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 24

  • 11:00 am: Overview of the Battle of Kettle Run

  • 1:00 pm: The 2nd New York Infantry at Kettle Run

  • 3:00 pm: The Louisiana Tigers Defend Bristoe Station

 


Sunday, August 25

  • 11:00 am: Overview of the Battle of Kettle Run

  • 1:00 pm: The 72nd New York Infantry at Kettle Run

  • 3:00 pm: The Louisiana Tigers Defend Bristoe Station

 

Ben Lomond Historic Site

Ben Lomond CampfireExperience history by campfire as local historians recount how Shepherdstown came to Manassas. On July 21, 1861 Ben Lomond was inundated by hundreds of young men who were wounded at the Battle of First Manassas. A good number of these boys were the area around Shepherdstown (now West Virginia). Soon families and religious leaders came from Shepherdstown to assist in taking care of the sons, neighbors and loved ones. Join Prince William Historic Preservation for a discussion about these people, who they were and how the trying days and nights they spent at Ben Lomond impacted their lives. 

Event Details:

Friday, August 30th

  • Event time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm. 
  • Tickets are $5 per person; children under 2 are free. No advanced registration is required. 
  • For more information, please call (703) 367-7872.

 

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