Suburban Archaeology 2 : The Gap Line (cont.)

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Unfinished Railroad interpretive marker at Manassas National Battlefield
Not far from Cub Run along US Highway 29 is the larger and more famous Bull Run. You may recognize the stream as one of the names for the two Civil War battles that took place here, near Manassas, Virginia. Bull Run is the boundary between Fairfax County and Prince William County. Just across the county line, Highway 29 runs right through the middle of Manassas National Battlefield Park, following much the same alignment as it did in 1861 and 1862 when the road was known as the Warrenton Turnpike.

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.
Indpendent Line right of way fill
I stopped by the Stone House, Matthews Hill, Sudley Methodist Church, Deep Cut, Groveton Confederate Cemetery, the Dogan House, and the New York Monuments. (Sudley Church was where members of the congregation first heard Union troops marching past on a Sunday morning.) Quite a number of people were also out hiking and driving to the various interpreted sites. A bride and groom availed themselves of the scenery and were having photos taken near the Stone House.

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.
sylviandavid says:
Andy, Another great write up! Thanks. sylvia
Posted on: Oct 28, 2009
bkretzer says:
I got to visit the Manassas Battlefield last year, on business. I only had an hour or so to explore, but I really enjoyed it. Especially seeing how the land layed out for 1st Manassas and Stonewall Jackson's stand!
Posted on: Oct 24, 2009
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Unfinished Railroad interpretive m…
Unfinished Railroad interpretive …
Indpendent Line right of way fill
Indpendent Line right of way fill
Railway cutting for the Independen…
Railway cutting for the Independe…
Visible railway cut for the Indepe…
Visible railway cut for the Indep…
Start of Unfinished Railroad Loop …
Start of Unfinished Railroad Loop…
About sums it up
About sums it up
Sudley Church historical marker
Sudley Church historical marker
Sudley Methodist Church today
Sudley Methodist Church today
Sudley Church interpretive maker
Sudley Church interpretive maker
Manassas Battlefield is bisected b…
Manassas Battlefield is bisected …
The Stone House
The Stone House
Cannon ball in the Stone House
Cannon ball in the Stone House
Buck Hill near the Stone House
Buck Hill near the Stone House
Battle of First Manassas marker
Battle of First Manassas marker
A Bridge and Groom use Manassas Ba…
A Bridge and Groom use Manassas B…
Brooklyn Infantry monument
Brooklyn Infantry monument
Fall colors at Manassas Battlefiel…
Fall colors at Manassas Battlefie…
New York Infantry monument
New York Infantry monument
Chinn Ridge
Chinn Ridge
Battle of Second Manassas marker
Battle of Second Manassas marker
Groveton Confederate Cemetery
Groveton Confederate Cemetery
Manassas Sights & Attractions review
A well-preserved setting at Manassas National Battlefield
Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves the setting of the first major battle of the Civil War and of a second battle the following year. The Fir… read entire review
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photo by: Zagnut66