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“There stands Jackson like a stone wall.”

– Gen. Barnard Bee


First Manassas Battlefield


Henry Hill Visitor Center

Henry Hill Visitor Center

The Henry Hill Visitor Center is where everyone should start their visit of the Manassas Battlefields.  There is a small $3.00 entrance fee to visit all the locations and the ticket is valid for three days.  I found the small museum inside along with the one hour video to be very beneficial to get me into the right mindset before my tour of the actual battlefield.  The video starts every hour on the hour and it is a very well made and informative learning experience.  Keep your receipt because you may be asked for it when you visit other locations, like Brawner Farm (discussed on the Second Manassas post).


Some Key Players

Federal commander: General Irvin McDowell

Confederate commander:  General P.G.T. Beauregard

Confederate General General Thomas J. Jackson

Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston

On July 21, 1861 both the Union and Confederate armies fought for the first time on the fields of Bull Run.  Many soldiers and civilians thought the battle would be a quick affair.  In fact, many thought that the war would also be short and could possibly be over by the end of the battle.  Both sides soon learned that the American Civil War would not be over quickly.

Only July 16, 1861 McDowell’s army of 35,000 strong marched out of Washington, D.C. on a mission to capture the Confederate capital city of Richmond.  The Federals were sure that capturing Richmond would end the war.

On July 21, 1861 the Federal commander, General Irvin McDowell sent attack columns north of the Confederate position to Sudley Springs Ford.  This movement put the Federal force on the Confederate left flank.*  McDowell needed to distract the Confederate force so he ordered a diversionary attack where the Warrenton Turnpike crossed Bull Run at the Stone Bridge.*  At 5:30 a.m. began the diversionary attack at the stone bridge.  The battle had begun.

View from Matthews Hill facing the direction of the Federal main attack.

View from Henry Hill facing the direction of the Federal main attack.

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*Correction from a name on the video.  General Thomas J. Jackson.


The grave of Judith Carter Henry who was killed in the battle of First Manassas.


More History 
Rickett’s Battery 

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James Brewerton Ricketts was commanding the Battery I, 1st U.S. when he was wounded and captured by Confederate infantry that over ran his position on Henry Hill.  Ricketts was shot four times, but recovered from his wounds.  He was later released in a prisoner exchange. *



This is where the home of James Robinson once stood.  Robinson was of mixed racial parentage and was a free man.  During the battle of First Manassas, Robinson submitted a claim for $2,608.00 worth of damages due to the battle.  Only $1,249.00 was reimbursed to Robinson and his family.*


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Visitor Information

The Manassas National Battlefield Park is open daily during daylight hours except on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.  As mentioned earlier, a park entrance fee of $3.00 is required to enter the park and is valid for three days.  The Henry Hill Visitor Center provides maps, an orientation film, and a museum exhibit.  There is a also a neat gift shop.


Manassas National Battlefield Park/6511 Sudley Road/Manassas, VA 20109/703-361-1339

*Information for this post was obtained from data gathered from the Henry Hill Visitor Center, online resources, and academic studies.



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Pubs & the Water Front 
The Torpedo Factory


The Torpedo Factory used to be a munitions plant but it is now the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the United States.*  The factory was founded in 1974 and it is a must see while visiting the Potomac Riverfront.   To learn more about the Torpedo Factor visit their website for more detailed information.  

The Water Front





To learn more about the water front visit Old Town Alexandria’s website.

History and More on the Visitors Center


The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House is a good place to start during your visit.  Here you can find brochures, maps, and tickets to many of the sites around the town.

The founder of the town of Alexandria is said to be William Ramsay.  He was originally from Galloway, Scotland and was said to have arrived in the colonies sometime before 1740.  He was a merchant who was involved in the town’s establishment and he also was Captain of the Militia Company.  Ramsay died on February 10, 1785.

Alexandria was a vital seaport during Colonial times and it is also the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House Opening Hours

April – September/Sunday – Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – March/Seven Days a Week 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more about The Visitor’s Center at Ramsay House. 


More Food & Drinks

Virtue Feed & Grain Tavern in Old Town Alexandria

Virtue is a must visit in Old Town Alexandria.  After leaving the waterfront we stopped at my favorite restaurant in Old Town, Virtue Feed & Grain.  The restaurant is located in an old 1800’s feed house.  The building has been restored by local craftsman and the job they did is amazing.




To make reservations or to learn more about Virtue visit their website VIRTUE FOOD & GRAIN.

Awesome pubs to visit in Old Town:

  1. Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub
  2. Daniel O’Connell’s Bar
  3. Union Street Public House

There is much more to this city than what I was able to show on this post, however I hope the information above provides you with an idea of the beauty and history of Old Town Alexandria.

Where is your favorite pub in Old Town?


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*Correction:  John Francis Pope was the architect/designer and John McShain was the builder.


Pathway from the parking area which leads to the Jefferson Memorial.



Keep walking past the paddle boats to get to the memorial.




Statue created by Rudulph Evans.

Inside the memorial stands a 19 foot statue of Thomas Jefferson facing the Washington Monument and the White House*.  Surrounding the statue are panels of words written by Jefferson.

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View from inside the memorial facing the tidal basin.




♦♦♦Operating Hours and Fees♦♦♦

The memorial is open 24hours year round and Rangers from the National Park Service are available to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily.  There are no entrance fees; visiting the memorial is free.

To learn more about the memorial and how to get there visit the National Park Services’ website to plan your visit.


What are your thoughts about the Jefferson Memorial?  Have you visited the memorial?  Is it your favorite D.C. memorial?

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