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Remembering the Second Battle of Manassas

© Leesburg Today - 08/27/2015

Manassas National Battlefield events commemorating the 153rd anniversary include rare twilight tours of the Stone House.

Manassas National Battlefield Park will host a series of special programs this weekend marking the 153rd anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas.

Events begin the evening of Friday, Aug. 28, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 30.  The public is invited to participate in these events and programs, which will be held at various locations throughout the park.

Park historians will offer guided tours covering key phases of the Second Battle of Manassas, fought on Aug. 28--30, 1862.  Each tour will last approximately 60-90 minutes. 

The first tour begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Brawner Farm, the site of the opening engagement of the battle.  The tour schedule resumes on Aug. 29, with guided walking tours highlighting the defense of Stonewall Jackson's position along the Unfinished Railroad at 10 a.m.; Cuvier Grover's assault on the Unfinished Railroad at 2 p.m., and the Union attack near Sudley Church at 4 p.m.  The final day of tours on Aug. 30 includes tours covering the attack at the Deep Cut at 11 a.m., Longstreet's counterattack at 3 p.m., and the final struggle for Henry Hill at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., park staff will offer an evening program at the historic Stone House, focusing on the efforts to aid the wounded there and the impact of the battle on local inhabitants.  Following the presentation, the house will be opened to the public, offering visitors a rare opportunity to tour the building at dusk.

Throughout the weekend, living history demonstrations at the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about the experiences of the soldiers who fought at Second Manassas.  Historic weapons demonstrations, representing infantry and artillery, will be offered on both weekend days, beginning at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The park entrance fee ($3.00 per adult, age 16 and older) covers admission to the battlefield for three days.  There are no additional fees for anniversary events.  For more information, visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/mana or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/manassasbattlefield, or contact the Visitor Center at 703-361-1339. 

The Visitor Center is located at 6511 Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234), three-quarters of a mile north of Interstate 66.

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