Suburban Archaeology 2 : The Gap Line (cont.)
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October 11th, 2009 – by: Andy99
It was a very beautiful afternoon in mid-October, so I made a point to visit several of the battlefield sites while I was here. It was a nice opportunity to revisit the historical site and, of course, to take photos.
There are two locations within the battlefield park where the unfinished cuts and fills of the Independent Line ran through--and actually played a role in the Battle of Second Manassas in 1862. (The completed portion of the Manassas Gap Railroad was used to transport Confederate troops from Strasburg, Virginia, to Mansssas in 1861. Mechanized transport of troops was new then.) In the second battle, the raised fills were used by troops as defensive earthworks. I recalled seeing the "Unfinished Railroad" sites, as they are designated, during visits to the battlefield park in 1992 and in 2001. (The 2001 visit was on one of the day-long Boy Scout historical hikes with my son's troop.) I also visited both of these sites, though the works are more visible today near Sudley Methodist Church than at the other location.
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